Oso mudslide kills 24, leaves 22 missing

Update 2014/04/01
According to the Washington governor, Jay Inslee, the Oso mudslide has claimed lives of at least 24 people and caused financial losses of $10 million. The number of people missing has been lowered to 22. 

Update 2014/03/27
Death toll from Oso mudslide has risen to 20. The number of missing people has dropped to 90.

Photo below shows rescue workers looking for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014 (via Reuters/Rick Wilking).


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Massive mudslide in Oso, Washington State has claimed lives of at least 14 people and left around 176 missing, The Seattle Times reported quoting the Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington.

The Oso mudslide swept down Skaglund Hill, just east of Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014.

The massive landslide is reported at 15 million cubic yards of mud and debris which came down from a hillside above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

This is what Dave Norman, state geologist with Department of Natural Resources said
Oso mudslide is one of the biggest mudslide I have ever seen. The mudslide is still moving, and there’s no way to tell when it will be stable enough for rescue workers to resume looking for victims throughout the slide area
Oso mudslide is believed to be caused by the ground saturation from heavy rainfall in the area.

Washington state Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen has already declared a state of emergency in Snohomish County.

Photo below shows the hillside that gave way in the upper left and the blocked highway and river (via Washington State Department of Transportation). 


 Photo below shows a destroyed home stranded atop mud and debris on Highway 530 near Oso (via CNN).



This photo shows emergency workers at the Oso mudslide site (via CNN).


Rescuers aided by dogs, sonar equipment and aircraft are trying to find trapped survivors in Oso, a remote town north of Seattle.

A flash-flood watch remains in effect for Snohomish County through Tuesday afternoon.

President Obama has signed an emergency declaration, allowing FEMA and other agencies to coordinate relief efforts as needed.

Below is the you tube video of Oso mudslide prepared by CNN.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 25, 2014


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