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March 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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A closer look at aerial image of Highway 530 mudslide

ARLINGTON -- Rescuers say more than a dozen are missing after a massive mudslide demolished two neighborhoods along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River.

Eight people were killed when a rain-soaked hillside above state Highway 530 near Oso gave way Saturday morning. Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire districts 21 and 22, said a square-mile of mud and debris slid across the road, blocked the river and demolished or damaged up to 30 homes.

Seattle Times photographer Marcus Yam captured this aerial image of the landslide on Saturday, March 22, 2014.


INTERACTIVE: For close-up detail of the mudslide image, we have split Yam's image horizontally in two panoramas. Select arrow to view each panoramic image full-screen. Use cursor to interact, click and scroll within image to view detail. To stop automatic scrolling of the image, click once. Drag cursor to move left and right within the image. Double click to zoom in and out of image. Click Esc to exit full-screen mode.

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