Worry mounts in Jackson as ground slips

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Jackson, WY (AP) - Officials in Jackson are worried that unstable earth on East Gros Ventre Butte could threaten nearby buildings and residents.

Visible cracks have formed in the hillside above the cliff and a store. The fissures on the butte are the latest in a series of developments that suggest underground movement has increased in recent days.

Town Manager Bob McLaurin says the town is bringing in a landslide expert. Officials are also consulting with a state geologist.

According to The Jackson Hole News & Guide, ground movement over the weekend caused water pipes to break at the town's pump station.

The town has been tracking geological activity on the butte for months, but movement appears to have increased.

Government agencies now have a plan on how to deal with any emergency.

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