One of the worst mudslides in the US
On March 22 the hillside by stillaguanish river gave way. And raced down to the near by town of Oso. The mud is 1.5 miles across and 20 feet deep in some places.
Overview of the mud
To give a visual of how large and bad the mudslide was in Washington.
Workers trying to clean up without disturbing any evidence of life that remains
Before and after
Before the mudslide and after the Washington mudslide.
How mudslides happen and protection
Heavy rainfall soaks into the ground and makes it very damp and non stable ground. There is no "season for mudslides". They can happen at anytime with little or no warning. The cause is a lot of rain and moist soft ground. Precautions to take are during long periods of rain listen for rumbling sounds. And look into the history of your town to see if there's a history of mudslides. And if one happens try to make it to high ground.
Washington mudslide: 14 confirmed dead and over a hundred missing