Mudslides

Oso Slide
4:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lands Commissioner: Logging Factor In Oso Slide 'Entirely Speculative'

Trees tower above a now-barren hillside at the scene of a deadly mudslide that hit over a week before, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Speaking for the first time since the Oso landslide hit Snohomish County, Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark suggested anti-logging interests want to use the disaster to advance their cause.

In an exclusive interview, the two-term Democrat said he is indignant in the wake of news reports that have focused on past logging on the plateau above the slide.

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Oso Slide
9:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Audio Slideshow: After A Devastating Mudslide, Moving Forward

Snohomish County

Oso Slide
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Oso Slide Climbs To 27

A searcher walks through a channel of water as a flag flies in the debris field Monday, March 31, 2014, near Darrington, Wash., at the site of the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso,Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The official death toll from Washington state's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

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Oso Slide
3:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Slide Death Toll Rises To 24, Number Of Missing Drops to 22

Footprints from searchers remain in mud at the edge of a deadly mudslide Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24, and the number of missing has dropped from 30 to 22.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Monday that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 17 of them have been positively identified.

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Oso Slide
12:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Inslee Asks For Federal Disaster Declaration

WSDOT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses impacted by the massive Oso landslide on March 22.

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Natural Disaster
9:10 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Oso Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

A dog works with searchers at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically, down to 30.

Searchers are still pulling bodies from the debris, sometimes in pieces. Steve Schertzinger, a chaplain with the nearby Marysville Police Department, described what it was like to deliver bad news to a grieving family member.

"We sat down and I just said, 'Well, the waiting is over.' And then I cried. I cried," he said.

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Oso Slide
8:12 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

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Oso Slide
10:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Crews Opt For More 'Methodical' Tactics As Wet Weather Slows Search

Authorities have released the names of five of the victims of last weekend’s deadly mudslide in Oso that left at least 25 people dead and dozens more missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner confirmed the names of five victims. The youngest is 5-year-old Kaylee Spillers. Also killed were Christina Jefferds, William Welsh and Linda McPherson of Arlington, and Stephen Neal of Darrington.

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Natural Disaster
12:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Weather Working Against Deadly Landslide Responders

WSDOT

Heavy rain in Friday’s forecast threatens to hinder ongoing search and recovery operations at the side of the catastrophic mudslide near Oso.

Mother Nature is just not cooperating with the hundreds of searchers and heavy equipment operators at the scene of Saturday’s deadly landslide.

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Oso Slide
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

At The Landslide Front Line, Comparisons To Mount St. Helens Devastation

Members of the Washington Air National Guard wade through mud and debris looking for signs of missing persons.
Spc. Matthew Sissel 122D PAOC Washington National Guard

A local fire chief is warning communities around the deadly landslide in northwest Washington to brace for a jump in the death toll Friday.

Meanwhile, fresh crews are rotating in to relieve exhausted first responders. Friday is the seventh day of the rescue and recovery mission at the place known in shorthand as “the pile.”

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Disaster Relief
8:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Inslee Requests Additional Financial Aid For Slide

WSDOT maintenance crews helping clear a path on SR 530 for emergency response to the landslide in Snohomish County.
WSDOT

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking for an expansion of a federal emergency declaration the state received earlier this week in response to a devastating mudslide that has killed at least two dozen people and left many missing.

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Oso Slide
2:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Oso Landslide Death Toll Could Eclipse 1910 Avalanche, Become Deadliest In State History

File photo of the wreck of one of the trains that was hit by an avalanche at Wellington, Wash., on March 1, 1910.
U.S. Library of Congress

The Oso landslide may go down in history as the deadliest natural disaster in Washington.

On March 1, 1910 an avalanche near Stevens Pass wiped out two snowbound trains killing 96 people. It was Washington’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life.

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Deadly Mudslide
7:18 am
Thu March 27, 2014

National Guard Searcher Describes ‘Sifting’ Through Crushed House

Washington National Guard searchers are assisting in the effort to locate victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.
Washington National Guard

The Washington National Guard has now deployed two Black Hawk helicopters to the Oso landslide. On the ground, specially-trained search teams looked for victims in the mud and debris.

Master Sgt. Chris Martin described searching a single house caught in the path of the landslide, which has claimed 25 lives.

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Mudslide Rescue
3:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide: 'It’s An Incredibly Helpless Feeling'

Trooper Rocky Oliphant emerges from the Oso landslide after assisting with the rescue of an infant boy. Oliphant was the first trooper on the scene of the disaster on Saturday.
Washington State Patrol

It was Saturday morning. State Trooper Rocky Oliphant was watching for speeders on Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 530 exit. Then a call came across his radio.

“Initially, [they] put out the call as a possible flood with a barn roof in the road,” he said.

Oliphant was about 20 miles away. He responded. As he got closer more information came in. It was a mudslide. He remembers coming around a corner.

“There’s basically no words to describe the amount of devastation. Houses in the road, roof in the road, random debris everywhere,” he said.

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Natural Disaster
9:36 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

2 More Bodies Recovered From Mudslide

The remains of a house and of a boat lie with other debris following a deadly mudslide, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington state officials say searchers have recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight in the debris of a massive landslide.

Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots announced the fatalities Tuesday evening.

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