The Latest: Road near landslide to be closed until Monday

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Posted: Apr 08, 2017 10:48 PM

OSO, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on cracks in a road near the site of a massive deadly landslide northeast of Seattle (all times local):

8 p.m. Saturday

The Seattle Times reports that a stretch of road near a slow-moving landslide close to the site of a massive deadly slide northeast of Seattle in 2014 will be closed until Monday.

On Friday, evacuations were recommended near the landslide after people noticed cracks on Highway 530 near Oso this week and called officials.

Officials told The Times (http://bit.ly/2oUliko ) that cracks on the roadway had spread to 2 feet wide by Saturday, and the hillside has dropped about 4 feet vertically.

The March 2014 mudslide killed 43 people.

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10:54 p.m. Friday

Authorities in Washington state say a road has been closed and some evacuations were recommended near a slow-moving landslide close to the site of a massive deadly slide northeast of Seattle in 2014.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Friday that people who noticed cracks on a road near Oso this week called officials.

She says a state geologist who went to the area about 1.5 miles west of the 2014 slide found several sites where significant cracks in the slope indicated movement.

Geologists are calling it a "reactivation of small portion of a previous landslide," Ireton said in a news release.

The March 2014 mudslide killed 43 people.

Ireton says a one-mile stretch of a state highway has been closed as a precaution until at least Saturday when geologists can continue inspecting the area.

Specifically, occupants of 11 homes have been asked to evacuate. Other area residents are being updated on developments through the night.

Ireton said there had been no injuries or property damage.