A mudslide in Washington state turned a square mile of Snohomish County into complete devastation and claimed the lives of at least fourteen people and destroyed dozens of homes. The slide, which occurred around 11 a.m. PT Saturday, turned land that spanned neighborhoods into "quicksand."
The combination photo above shows the same area near State Route 530 before and after the mudslide devastated the community of Oso, 59 miles north of Seattle.
Google| Washington State Department of Transportation
The combination photo shows the same area near State Route 530 before and after a mudslide devastated the Washington community 59 miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County.
Google (top) | Dan Bates / The Herald via AP (bottom)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and a small entourage walk eastward on a cleared swath of SR 530, toward the first house that lies in a heap across the highway. The same stretch of road is pictured in the Google photo above.
First published March 24 2014, 8:42 AM
Jon Sweeney joined NBCNews.com as a senior multimedia producer in January 2012, but this is a return visit for him, having worked for msnbc.com from 2000-2006. Sweeney is responsible for site-wide photo editing and social media initiatives focused on photography. Currently he manages the NBC News Instagram account among his other individual responsibilities. Sweeney reports to Jim Collins, director of photography.
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Sweeney returned to NBCNews.com from The Indianapolis Star, where he was the assistant managing editor for digital news. In that role, Sweeney was responsible for the editorial direction for the stateâ€™s largest newsroom on all its digital platforms. This included managing breaking news coverage, multimedia, special projects, design initiatives, and databases. During his tenure at the Star, he helped launch the paperâ€™s first iOS app, guided the newsroom through the social media revolution and produced several documentary films in cooperation with the local public broadcasting station.
Prior to his work at the Star, Sweeney was msnbc.comâ€™s East Coast director of multimedia, managing a department of designers, interactive producers, and photo and video editors in New Jersey and London.
He cut his teeth as a photojournalist and freelance photographer in Chicago where he ushered in the digital photography era at Pioneer Press Newspapers, and learned digital video editing by producing documentaries.
Sweeney is the recipient of several awards that honor his achievements as a digital newsroom leader and innovator from the Associate Press, Hoosier State Press Association, Best of Gannett.
He lives in Cranford, N.J. with his family.