A gigantic landslide in Washington State has killed at least 8 people, with 108 people currently reported missing. The landslide, covering about one square mile in all, occurred after groundwater saturation from heavy rain. The landslide devastated two rural communities, Oso and Darrington, Washington, around 10:45 Saturday morning.
Rescue workers are working around the clock, and against the clock, in search of survivors. The mud from the landslide has been extremely difficult to navigate, hampering efforts for rescuers. In some locations, the mud is 15 feed deep and can act like quicksand; some rescue workers had to be dragged out of the mud using ropes.
At least six houses were destroyed and 16 additional houses sustaining some level of damage. Numerous people are in the hospital with serious injuries. This story is still developing.