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Moment of silence honors Oso landslide victims one year later

Searchers pause for a moment of silence at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday in Oso. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (NEWS1130) – A solemn crowd gathered in Oso, Washington, on Sunday to honor 43 people who lost their lives a year ago in the deadliest landslide in US history.

A moment of silence was observed at 10:37 a.m. along the reconstructed Highway 530.

The names of the dead were read, one by one, and each marked by the tolling of a bell.

Families, community members, first responders and others converged at the grove of 43 cedar trees planted as a memorial to honor the victims.

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed suddenly on March 22, 2014, sending million tons of sand and soil thundering across a river valley north of Seattle, destroying dozens of homes and entombing 43 people. It’s one of several remembrance events planned this weekend