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Oso Mudslide
2:52 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Helicopter Crew Chief On The Heroic Mudslide Rescue

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., has claimed at least 30 lives.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC BY-NC-ND)

The massive mudslide that engulfed Oso on March 22 has claimed at least 30 lives and destroyed dozens of homes.

While the community suffered countless devastation, the helicopter rescue team was instrumental in saving eight people. One of them was 4-year-old Jacob Spillers. His rescue was captured in the video below.

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Natural Disasters
2:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Disasters: The Wake-Up Calls That Never Happen

Credit Irwin Redlener's book, "Americans at Risk."

Ross Reynolds talks with Irwin Redlener, author of "Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do." Redlener explains why natural disasters like the Oso landslide are rarely the wake-up calls we'd expect.

Community Response
10:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Overwhelmed With Donations, Oso Looks To Managing Flow Of Goods

Shirley Clark surveys the hangar at the Arlington airport where goods for Oso relief have been collected. With donations piling up, she has been walking about with a half-eaten sandwich and trying to keep organized.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Donations of new and used goods are pouring into the town of Oso, Wash., after the devastating mudslide two weeks ago; so many items that officials have been asking for cash donations instead.

It’s taking a massive secondary effort to coordinate just how to store and distribute those items to the people who need them.

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Field Notes From Oso
7:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Landslide Recovery Specialist Hopes To Use Drones In Future Rescue Operations

Volunteer Merry Killinger learns from Stacy Noland how to document rescue and recovery efforts in Oso, Wash.
Courtesy of Stacy Noland

Stacy Noland deployed to Oso, Wash., with the Global Disaster Innovation Group Field Innovation Team three days after the fatal landslide there. Noland has worked in rescue and recovery operations following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2011 Joplin tornado, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His role at the debris pile was to figure out how to make rescue and recovery most efficient. We asked what he has learned so far.

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Wash. Lands Commissioner
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Goldmark Accuses Anti-Logging Interests Of Exploiting Oso Slide

File photo of the massive landslide that hit Snohomish County in March.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 3:59 pm

Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is speaking publicly for the first time since the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Mudslide Tragedy
10:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Oso Chaplain: 'They Want To Know They're Going To Be OK'

Washington State Patrol chaplain Mike Neil, right, looks on with a colleague as workers using heavy equipment work to clear debris from the Oso mudslide.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool

Bill Radke talks with Washington State Patrol chaplain Mike Neil about his experiences helping people with the emotional toll of the Oso mudslide.

Neil is there to serve the search crews in the debris field, many of whom are the family and friends of victims. “Put yourself in that position of actually finding that person – that is a very traumatic thing and I’m not sure that they’re really prepared for what they might find,” Neil said.

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Identification Of Deceased
7:40 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Painstaking Process Of Caring For Oso Victims

Dennis Peterson, Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office deputy director, talks about the tented area behind him used for decontaminating bodies just outside an intake area at the office.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

For many families of victims of the deadly Oso landslide, getting information about the fate of their loved ones has been agonizingly slow.

That's because the work by medical examiners to confirm the identities of the deceased is painstaking and requires time.

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Rescue And Recovery
11:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Search Crews Struggle To Define Success In Mudslide Debris

Lieutenant Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department has been out searching in the mudslide debris near Oso, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

As of Wednesday morning, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that 29 people have died in the Oso landslide. Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling.

That’s taking a toll on the families and the search crews, some who have been out there since the very beginning, doing intense physical and emotional work. Rescue operations managers are very conscious about giving those crews a break, letting them rotate in and out so they can rest and recharge.

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Oso Mudslide
10:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Capturing Oso Through Photos: 'One Of The Worst Things I've Ever Seen'

Bill Radke talks with photojournalist Joshua Trujillo about his experience covering the Oso mudslide through photography.

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Oso Mudslide
9:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Week Two Of Mudslide Recovery, Decisions Get Harder

The 2005 La Conchita landslide in California killed 10 people and destroyed 13 homes.
Credit Flickr Photo/Doc Searls (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Los Angeles Fire Captain Ronald Klamecki about his own work in a landslide recovery in California and how authorities will decide regarding their next steps.

"As days go by, the potential of finding live victims diminishes. The rescuers are really putting forth the great effort and it wears on them too," he said. "They're doing their very best to bring closure to the victims' families."

EarthFix Reports
5:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Landslide Mapping An Unfinished Task For Geologists

A preliminary map of the landslide area in northwest Washington.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The last time the U.S. Geological Survey made a national map of landslide hazards, it did so on paper. It didn’t use laser imaging for landslide detection and it didn’t render the maps with high-powered geographic software near-universally used in today’s maps.

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Coping With Tragedy
4:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Oso: A Tight-Knit Community Takes Care Of Its Own

Nichole Stinson's family has lived in the Oso area for generations.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The catastrophic mudflow that destroyed lives and homes a week and a half ago has come to be known as the Oso Landslide. That's led many to think the town has been wiped away.

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Land Use Issues
11:41 am
Tue April 1, 2014

DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide

Geomorphologist Paul Kennard at Discovery Park in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.

Seattle just wrapped up its wettest March on record, with 9.4 inches of rain reported at Sea-Tac International Airport. 

Geologists say near-record rain in the Cascade foothills was key in triggering the fatal landslide near the town of Oso, Wash., on March 22. But they say clear-cutting nearby could also have worsened the risk of the hillside collapsing.

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Mudslide Relief
7:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'A Crazy Fun Day' With Seattle Seahawks, Sounders Lifts Mood In Darrington

Angela Botamanenko and her daughter Gaby after meeting players from the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC at the Darrington Community Center Monday.
Credit Courtesy of Rae Ellen Bichell

About a dozen Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC players visited the Darrington area Monday.

In a statement the Seahawks company said the teams wanted to offer a brief distraction for families devastated by the landslide near Oso, Wash.

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Oso Mudslide
4:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Increased To 27

In Arlington, Wash., neighbors and businesses are raising money for the families of those affected by the mudslide in Oso, a part of that city.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:03 am

This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The search continues in Oso, Wash., for victims of the massive mudslide that swept through about 50 homes and properties on March 22.

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