Washington Landslide And Mudslide Killed 14

25 03 2014
The hillside which collapsed and produced a March 22, 2014 mudslide near Oso, Washington, is seen in this March 23, 2014 handout photo from Governor Jay Inslee's office.  REUTERS/Gov. Jay Inslee's Office/Handout

The hillside which collapsed and produced a March 22, 2014 mudslide near Oso, Washington, is seen in this March 23, 2014 handout photo from Governor Jay Inslee’s office.
REUTERS/Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Handout

By Tuesday, at least 14 people were killed, eight people were injured while 176 others are still missing  since a rain-soaked hillside collapsed on Saturday along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington.

The landslide heaved houses off their foundations, toppled trees and left a gaping cavity on what had been a tree-covered hillside.

More than 100 properties were hit by the mudslide. 

Seattle Times newspaper reported that many warnings had been issued about the area where the disaster.

In 1999, a report was filed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers highlighting “the potential for a large catastrophic failure”.

Search crew workers were forced again to briefly retreat on Monday from the western edge of the slide area after movement was detected along a 1,500-foot (460-meter) stretch of earth.

There is fear of flooding as water levels rose behind a crude dam of mud and rubble that had been dumped into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River by the slide in an area along State Route 530, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest state.

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26 03 2014
dianaed2013

What terrible experience for those involved – you have conveyed the catastrophe well

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26 03 2014
ahmadalikarim

Dear dianaed2013,
Reuters reported that this disaster is already ranks as one of the deadliest landslides in recent U.S. history and the likely death toll is now 24.

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25 03 2014
Photos: Washington State Landslide Killed 8, 18 Missing | Ahmad Ali Karim's Weblog

[…] (Please click here for an update and more photos) […]

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