Before & After: Oso Washington Landslide

June 30, 2014

Before Oso, washington landslide on January 18, 2014 Image NASAOn March 22, 2014, a rain storm triggered a landslide in Oso, Wash.

After Oso, Washington landslide on March 23, 2014 Image NASANumerous homes were destroyed in the landslide, which resulted in 24 deaths.

The landslide created a dam that blocked the river, causing a barrier lake to form. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 obtained this image of landslide debris and the barrier lake on March 23, 2014. An image of the same area taken on January 18 reveals the damage the landslide caused.

According to a Durham University geologist, the landslide was a reactivation of an earlier landslide that caused problems in 1988 and 2006. A report filed with the U.S. Corp of Engineers in 1999 warned that the hillside had the “potential for a large catastrophic failure.”

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