Reasons for Washington landslide still to be determined

Washington landslide

WEB DESK – The geologists in the state of Washington are still working to determine the potential cause of catastrophic landslide that killed eight people and blocked a river.

According to the US media reports, the geologists are trying to identify the actual reason behind the devastating landslide.

At present local authorities believe that the main cause of the incident was the large amount of rainfall the region received in the month of March.

A devastating mudslide in the state of Washington, on Saturday, killed at least eight people while eighteen others were missing as houses were buried under rubble.

The 45-meter-long landslide in the northwest of Washington state has decimated the area, swallowing six houses, blocking a main road and damming a river.

The local authorities initially reported that two people had been killed in the incident, but it later emerged that one man died in hospital of his injuries. Three more people, including a six-month-old boy are currently in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. Rescuers continue to search for any sign of survivors. 

Debris from the mudslide has dammed the Stillaguamish River, which is threating to flood low-lying areas nearby. Authorities have told residents and businesses in the towns of Oso and Stanwood to seek higher ground until Sunday morning.

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