Death toll climbs as search for landslide survivors continues

Death toll climbs as search for landslide survivors continues »Play Video
The Oso landslide on March 22 resulted in the damming of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. Mud covering the area, including SR 530 is a mile wide. Washington DOT photo

OSO, Wash. - The unofficial death toll is now at 24 with as many as another 150 people still missing.

Rescuers continue to dig through tons of mud and debris in hopes of finding any survivors.

While that search effort continues, there are new questions about whther there were warning signs before that secton of earth gave way.   

A small earthquake 2 weeks ago may have contributed to this slide and it was not the first on this mountain.

In 2006 a smaller portion of the same hill side gave way pouring mud toward the homes below. In 1999, scientist Dan Miller said he warned for the potential of a large catastrophic failure.