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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Photos: Washington State Landslide Killed 8, 18 Missing

24 03 2014
In this aerial photo taken Saturday, March 23, 2014, a massive mudslide is shown in between the towns of Darrington, Wash., and Arlington, Wash. The slide killed at least three people and many people are still unaccounted for, and authorities said Sunday that searchers were flying over the one-square-mile mudslide in helicopters. (The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MARCUS YAM/THE SEATTLE TIMES

In this aerial photo taken Saturday, March 23, 2014, a massive mudslide is shown in between the towns of Darrington, Wash., and Arlington, Wash. The slide killed at least three people and many people are still unaccounted for, and authorities said Sunday that searchers were flying over the one-square-mile mudslide in helicopters. (The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MARCUS YAM/THE SEATTLE TIMES

“We didn’t see or hear any signs of life out there today,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said two days after the landslide in Washington state.

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The landslide that started on Saturday morning, was triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

It buried homes and cars and tangled debris up to 15 feet deep.

At least six homes were washed away.

Eight people were killed while at least 18 others were still missing.

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Photos: Interstate 5 Bridge Collapsed, 3 Injured

24 05 2013

An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water.

An Interstate 5 four-lane bridge over Skagit River, about 55 miles north of Seattle, Washinton collapsed at about 7 p.m. on Thursday evening sending two vehicles were into the chilly water of the river.

Rescue effort by boats and divers saved three injured people and they were taken to the Skagit Valley Hospital and the United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.

AP reported that authorities said it appeared nobody was killed.

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) is still investigating the cause of the disaster.

Anyway State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said a semi-truck driven southbound struck the bridge just before part of it collapsed.

The freeway is a principal corridor for vehicles between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

The bridge was built in 1955 and the disaster raised concerns about the safety of old bridges in the United States.

In August 2007, a bridge fell into the Mississippi River in Minnesota, killing thirteen people.

AP reported that more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient of functionally obsolete.

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