After devastating landslide near the town of Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014 Snohomish County released the video of a flight over the landslide zone. This massive landslide was likely caused by a combination of above average rainfall and soil moisture conditions that made the steep slope less stable, but scientists are still examining the area to determine a more precise reason for the event.
As of Thursday morning, March 27, at least 90 people were still unaccounted for, and the death toll is expected to rise. By the end of the day Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed 17 casualties.
The video was taken using Washington State Patrol equipment aboard a Washington State Patrol aircraft.
Video courtesy of King County Sheriff Air Support
Video courtesy of SnoCo Sheriff
Image credit: Washington State Patrol
This area has seen repeated landslide events in the past, most recently in 2006.
Featured image: King County Sheriff Air Support
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