A gigantic mudslide demolished homes and communities in Washington state on Saturday morning. It’s a sad and shocking story.
A huge hillside — about the size of 500 football fields — gave out. So much mud came down with such force that entire homes were carried away.
There had been so much rain there recently that the hillside was saturated with water. Officials are now also saying that there was a small earthquake in the area just a few days before. Those two events combined seem to have set off this enormous collapse.
Rescuers are still looking for approximately 90 missing people , but the search is over a large area and it’s dangerous. The wet mud acted like quicksand and some rescuers sank up to their armpits … and then had to be rescued themselves.
There have been some happy reunions but so far at least a dozen people have died.
Landslides happen in all 50 states but they are rare and the areas are often identified, according to the United States Geological Survey.
This particular area was a known landslide area and they’ve had slides there in the past — though nothing like this. Some experts had warned that something big like this could happen there one day. Very few imagined that day would come.