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Emergency crews face toxic challenge in Washington state mudslide

An excavator moves a tree trunk as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

An excavator moves a tree trunk as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

An excavator moves a tree trunk as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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Heavy equipment works through thick high mud covering highway 530 at the site of a mudslide in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Heavy equipment works through thick high mud covering highway 530 at the site of a mudslide in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Heavy equipment works through thick high mud covering highway 530 at the site of a mudslide in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Workers dig with heavy equipment for victims in the massive mudslide that destroyed Oso, Washington March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Workers dig with heavy equipment for victims in the massive mudslide that destroyed Oso, Washington March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Workers dig with heavy equipment for victims in the massive mudslide that destroyed Oso, Washington March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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The mountains surrounding the massive mudslide (lower left) that destroyed Oso, Washington are seen tinged with snow March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The mountains surrounding the massive mudslide (lower left) that destroyed Oso, Washington are seen tinged with snow March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The mountains surrounding the massive mudslide (lower left) that destroyed Oso, Washington are seen tinged with snow March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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An aerial view shows trees and debris lying across the width of the landslide near Oso, Washington in this picture provided by the Washington National Guard March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Spc. Matthew Sissel, 122D PAOC/Washington National Guard/Handout via Reuters

An aerial view shows trees and debris lying across the width of the landslide near Oso, Washington in this picture provided by the Washington National Guard March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Spc. Matthew Sissel, 122D PAOC/Washington National Guard/Handout via...more

An aerial view shows trees and debris lying across the width of the landslide near Oso, Washington in this picture provided by the Washington National Guard March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Spc. Matthew Sissel, 122D PAOC/Washington National Guard/Handout via Reuters
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Rescue workers search for victims of a mudslide with a rescue dog in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving families and friends, many of whom are still waiting for news of missing loved ones. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Rescue workers search for victims of a mudslide with a rescue dog in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving...more

Rescue workers search for victims of a mudslide with a rescue dog in Oso, Washington March 30, 2014. Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving families and friends, many of whom are still waiting for news of missing loved ones. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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