Eight Dead in US Landslide

 

Part of a hillside missing after it gave way and became a deadly landslide in Seattle.

At least eight people have been killed in a US landslide in the state of Washington.

Disaster struck on Saturday when part of a hillside disintegrated near the town of Oslo,  135ft-deep, destroying six houses and taking eight lives so far.

The landslide is thought to be the result of the recent torrential rain in Washington. Citizens have been urged to retreat to higher grounds.

One eyewitness told the local Daily Herald that he was driving on the road and had to quickly brake to avoid the mudslide. “I just saw the darkness coming across the road. Everything was gone in three seconds,” said Paulo Falcao.

The hillside that gave way and collapsed near Oso. Photo: 22 March 2014

Rescue work at the site. Photo: 22 March 2014
A Washington citizens describes the wreckage in footage below:

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