Condit Dam breach
The 125-foot-tall Condit Dam was breached shortly after noon on Oct. 26, 2011, sending the White Salmon River rushing through a hole at its base.
The day's coverage started with a preview of the breach.
- Three Columbian reporters were on the scene to live blog the breach.
- The breach even caught the attention of some national media outlets.
- Here's the view of Northwestern Lake from before the blast. Scroll down for the "after" photo.
The historic blast started at 12:06 p.m. with a cloud of gray dust, followed by heavy black smoke and a huge torrent of water. See for yourself!
- "A huge roar of amazement erupted from the crowd gathered under a tent to watch the live stream video as water, dirt and concrete dust boiled into the canyon of the White Salmon River." - Kathie Durbin, in the Columbian's live blog of the event.
- The first blast photos popped up almost immediately.
- It didn't take long for the Twitterverse to weigh in on the blast ...
- "Awesome," "incredible" and "powerful" were just some of the words folks used to describe the breach.
- Attention turned downstream shortly after the blast.
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