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Oso Mudflow
6:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

High Tech Tools And Tricks Aid Search For Landslide Victims

A view of mud-covered SR 530 after Saturday's landslide that struck near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:35 am

Rescuers are employing high technology tools and tricks to help locate victims buried deep under the muck and debris of Saturday’s landslide in Northwest Washington.

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Oso Tragedy
4:44 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:30 am

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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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Oso Mudslide
4:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

More Bodies Found In Mudslide Debris

The mudslide resulted in flooding of the Stillaguamish River east of the slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It's another wet day of rescue efforts at the landslide in Snohomish County. As of last night, two more bodies were recovered, while eight more were located.

That brings the likely death toll to 24, though authorities are keeping the official toll at 16 until the eight other bodies are recovered.

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Oso Mudflow
3:37 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'Grateful That I Have My Life:' Resident Recounts Near-Miss On SR 530

Darrington resident Mathalie Meracle spoke to KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher at the Darrington Library on Monday.
Credit Phyllis Fletcher / KUOW

Darrington resident Mathalie Meracle believes she was the last person to drive through state Highway 530 before it was buried in mud and debris. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher spoke with Meracle at the Darrington Library on Monday.

Oso Disaster
3:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

1999 Report Warned Of Potential Catastrophe In Oso

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

David Hyde talks with geomorphologist Dan Miller about how Snohomish County officials should have been aware of the potential hazards for a mudflow occurring in Oso. Back in 1999, Miller and his wife Lynne filed a report for the Army Corps of Engineers warning about the possibility for a "large catastrophic failure" at the site of the recent mudflow.

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Oso Mudslide
1:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk

Slide area map posted outside Darrington grocery store.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

With the death toll expected to rise from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide near Oso, Snohomish County officials and emergency planners are starting to field hard questions about permitting home construction in a known landslide zone.

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Oso Devastation
12:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Residents And Reporters Show The Human Face Of Washington’s Mudslide Via Social Media

A hand-lettered sign outside Darrington's grocery store thanks rescue workers.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

As the search continues through the debris for the dozens who have been reported as missing, people on the ground — reporters, politicians, volunteers and others — have shared their impressions from the catastrophic scene.

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Oso Mudslide
10:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Expected To Rise As Rain Complicates Search Efforts

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots addresses the press about the mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Authorities say they still don't know how many people remain missing from the mudslide that struck near Oso, Wash., between Arlington and Darrington in Snohomish County Saturday morning.

At least 14 people have died. Several are seriously injured, and one baby boy remains in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview hospital, though his condition is said to be improving.

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Oso Mudflow
8:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ongoing Slide Movement Hampers Search For Victims In Snohomish County

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:22 pm

Ongoing movement of the huge landslide that crashed down on a rural Northwest Washington neighborhood on Saturday is hampering the search for more victims.

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Oso Mudslide
6:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Death Toll Rises From Oso Mudslide, Search Continues For Missing People

Governor Jay Inslee talks with Darrington resident Pete Selvig at Darrington's City Hall Monday evening.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph reports from a Darrington Town Hall meeting on Monday night and gets reactions from local residents.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports on Governor Jay Inslee's plan to open up the Mountain Loop Highway in place of state Route 530.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports from the Darrington Library about the death of retired librarian Linda McPherson in Saturday's mudslide.

Officials said the scene from Saturday’s mudslide near Oso, Wash., is similar to when Mount St. Helens erupted.

“The devastation is just unrelenting and awesome,” said Governor Jay Inslee at a press conference. He toured the area by helicopter on Sunday. “There really is no stick standing in the path of the slide. And it is a reminder that we live in powerful forces of nature.”

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Mudslide Devastates Community
6:42 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Small Town Of Darrington Grieves For Slide Victims, Waits For News

Darrington residents gather outside town grocery store for word of missing.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

People in the town of Darrington struggled Monday to comprehend the scope of the disaster just a few miles from them. The people who lived in the homes destroyed by Saturday's devastating mudflow are friends, relatives and neighbors.

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EarthFix Reports
6:36 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Authorities Relieved As Flow Levels Return To Normal Post-Landslide

On Saturday, March 22, a massive mudslide blocked both directions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso, Wash.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:25 pm

Authorities are breathing a small sigh of relief, amidst all the destruction from the fatal landslide on the Stillaguamish River.

They’re relieved because the river flow is getting back to normal.

When the landslide blocked the Stillaguamish River, water began to collect above all the muck and debris, causing flow rates down river from the landslide to plummet.

"It was a pretty quick drop, like turning off the faucet, not turning it off all the way but letting it drip a little bit," said Marijke van Heeswijk, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Oso Landslide
10:21 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mudslide Witness: There Were 'Belongings All Over The Road'

A house is seen destroyed in the mud on state Route 530 next to mile marker 37 on Sunday, March 23, 2014, the day after a giant landslide occurred near Oso, Washington.
Credit AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson, Pool

Search and rescue crews enter their third day after the 1-square-mile mudslide wiped out dozens of homes in Oso — a town of about 200 people between Arlington and Darrington in Snohomish County.

As of Monday morning, officials said they have recovered eight bodies and will continue to search for dozens of people still missing.

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Geology
8:06 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Site Near Oso Had Previous Landslides, Potential For More

An image from Google Earth, taken before the current slide, shows the scars from a landslide that took place at the same spot in 2006.
Credit Google Earth

Satellite images show the area on the Stillaguamish River near Oso, Washington, experienced a landslide in 2006. According to the Sliding Thought Blog, the "Hazel Landslide" that year was caused by groundwater and erosion by the north fork of the river.

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