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Associated Press Updated: May 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

COLLBRAN — Authorities and scientists are figuring out how to monitor movements that could signal another mudslide near Collbran.

Right now, helicopter flights and real-time cameras over the slide are helping keep an eye on the situation. At a town hall meeting Thursday night, Jeff Coe of the U.S. Geological Survey suggested putting a GPS receiver on the site to send information to a remote server.

The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1ttNFzW ) reports that more than 250 people packed the room.

Coe said there are three or four rockfalls an hour at the site. In addition, a lake is forming behind where the ridge broke away, triggering Sunday's slide.

An estimated 30 million cubic meters of debris fell, nearly four times the amount that fell in the Oso, Washington slide.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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