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Search teams say they have not seen or heard any signs of survivors amongst the debris.
looking at satellite photos of the area before the landslide occurred you can clearly see that exact spot has far less vegetation then the surrounding areas. which of course increases landslide risk significantly, im wondering why it has less vegetation, is it just naturally bare there? or was it perhaps all chopped down to be sold for timber?
I was crying as I went to bed because reports where out that they could hear a child and an animal trapped (along with others cries for help) but they couldn't get to them. I woke up to find out that there were no more cries for help, no more signs of life. I hope that isn't true.
List of reported missing people is now up to 176. Some may be repeats tho, even so, I didn't expect it to be this bad at all. I live like 40 minutes away. Drove through that area a few times. Very depressing.edit on 24-3-2014 by kotu44 because: (no reason given)
Six additional bodies have been located, bringing the death toll to 14.
Authorities say the number of names reported of people missing or unaccounted has risen from 108 to 176; many of those names could be duplicate.
Around 100 crews are searching for survivors; teams are using search dogs, sonar devices, hover craft and air support in the search.
The state geologist says the 1-square-mile mudslide is "one of the largest landslides he's seen." It's 1,500 feet long, 600 feet tall, 4,400 feet wide. The debris is about 30-40 feet deep. State Route 530 near the town of Oso remains blocked.
5. USGS EQ map indicating that the community sat squarely on a known small fault line called the Devil's Mt Fault. NO, repeat NO, EQ of any size have been indicated for the area in the last 30 days per USGS.
he said that he thought the 'flood' sounded more like a volcanic event. He had a certain name for it which I can't recall ever hearing before. He said that floods had happened before but it seemed very strange that such HUGE amounts of devastation could occur from a mudslide.
A lahar /ˈlɑːhɑr/ is a type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water. The material flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley. Lahars are extremely destructive: they can flow tens of metres per second, be 140 metres (460 ft) deep, and destroy any structures in their path. Notable lahars include those at Nevado del Ruiz and Mount Pinatubo, each of which killed thousands of people.
the hillside’s history of slides dates back more than 60 years. One expert says he was shocked when homebuilding was permitted after a big 2006 slide. .....The hill that collapsed last weekend is referred to by geologists with different names, including Hazel Landslide and Steelhead Haven Landslide, a reference to the hillside’s constant movement.