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NASA satellite snaps startling photo of deadly Washington mudslide

The rainfall-triggered landslide which sent muddy debris spilling across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, near Oso, Washington is seen in a NASA Earth Observatory image from the Landsat 8 satellite taken March 23, 2014.  Washington State officials were hoping on Wednesday to cut the numbers on a list of scores of people missing after a weekend landslide, one of the deadliest in recent U.S. history, that has killed an estimated 24 people.   REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY DISASTER) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3IOYJ The rainfall-triggered landslide which sent muddy debris spilling across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, near Oso, Washington is seen in a NASA Earth Observatory image from the Landsat 8 satellite taken March 23, 2014. Washington State officials were hoping on Wednesday to cut the numbers on a list of scores of people missing after a weekend landslide, one of the deadliest in recent U.S. history, that has killed an estimated 24 people. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY DISASTER) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3IOYJ  

A NASA satellite observing Earth captured a shocking image of the deadly Washington Mudslide that has claimed the lives of more than 20 and left almost 200 missing since Saturday.

The Landsat 8 satellite equipped with the Operational Land Imager was able to see the trail of mud and devastation from space, which looks like a waterfall of mud directly in the middle of the photograph.

Twenty-four people from Washington’s rural Snohomish County are confirmed dead, and at least 176 are still missing, with authorities speculating the death toll will continue to rise.

According to a Tuesday Reuters report, a 1999 U.S. Army geological survey warned the disaster area northeast of Seattle could suffer “large catastrophic failure” sometime in the future.

“The situation is very grim,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief  Travis Hots told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re still holding out hope that we may still find people who are alive, but keep in mind that we haven’t found anyone alive since Saturday.”

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