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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Eight Dead, More Than 100 Missing following Mudslide

Eight bodies have been recovered and more than 100 people are still missing following a mudslide in the US state of Washington that destroyed about 30 homes near the town of Oso on Saturday. The area has had problems with unstable land in the past, but this is the most devastating mudslide it has seen in recent years. Authorities believe recent heavy rain is to blame for the disaster. Search-and-rescue operations are ongoing, but dangerous conditions are hampering the effort. No survivors have been recovered since Saturday. More...
curmudgeonine
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:43:48 AM

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double post, sorry
curmudgeonine
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:43:49 AM

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I know these things happen randomly, but I wonder if fracking could be partly responsible for this event
Haz
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:35:46 AM

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Fracking, deforestation......

No matter what the cause I think we should all offer a prayer for the dead and for those who have lost loved ones.

Another sad day for mankind.
RuthP
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:41:44 AM

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No, no fracking in this case.

It's a matter of wet winters and unstable soils. This area of Washington is up near the Canadian border, about 90 miles / 145 Km south. It's east of Seattle / Puget Sound, but west of the Cascade Mountains, so it is quite rainy.

The news just keeps getting worse and worse, so far. The deaths and the numbers of missing are going up.
adele T
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:34:32 PM
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Authorities say they have 108 reports of people missing or unaccounted for after Saturday's huge landslide in the north-western US state of Washington.

Eight bodies have been recovered so far after the 177ft (54m) wall of mud swept near the town of Oso, about 55 miles (90km) north of Seattle.

Search crews have worked day and night, using helicopters in the dangerous conditions that destroyed 30 homes.

Several people, including an infant, were critically injured.

"This is devastation beyond imagination," Washington Governor Jay Inslee said after surveying the area from the air.

He said the slide "basically cut a mountain in two" and deposited it on the town below.

kenturner1
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 4:50:27 PM

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Tragic and saddening.
Anatolian
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:50:35 PM

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Scientists warned of mudslide danger 15 years ago:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/its-gone-community-copes-deadly-mudslide
Marguerite
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:55:03 PM

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Oso is not so far from Seattle and is a small community; still how horrible for those who lost those that they love. My heart goes out to that community.
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