KUOW's Ongoing Coverage Of The Deadly Oso Mudslide

On Saturday, March 22, a mile-wide mudflow devastated Oso, Wash., 55 miles north of Seattle. The massive damage and mounting casualties have rocked the small community between Arlington and Darrington.

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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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Oso Mudslide
4:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Focus In Oso Shifts To A Search For Justice

A massive landslide engulfed Oso, Wash., on March 22.
Credit AP Photo/Rick Wilking

David Hyde speaks with Karen Willie, an attorney who specializes in water law, about what the law can — and cannot — do for victims of the Oso mudslide.

Costly Coverage
12:55 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Disaster Declaration Could Bring Relief To Oso Homeowners Without Landslide Insurance

Governor Jay Inslee signs the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Oso mudslide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration. If this is granted, it means the survivors of the massive landslide near Oso, Washington, would be eligible for federal assistance. Many of them will be counting on that since they don’t have landslide insurance.

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Oso Mudslide
7:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week Later, Prayers For Landslide Victims And Stories Of Survival

Isaac Hall (center) was one of the first on the scene after the devastating March 22nd landslide near Oso, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

One week after a massive landslide wiped out the community of Oso, Wash., community members gathered at Darrington's First Baptist Church on Sunday to pray and tell stories of survival.

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Oso Devastation
6:52 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'We're Providing Every Opportunity To Find That Miracle'

A young boy attends a Sunday church service at the First Baptist Church in Darrington, Wash., a week after the devastating Oso mudslide.
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

As the local community held Sunday church services a week after the devastating Oso mudslide, searchers continued their work in the sodden destruction zone.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed on Sunday evening that 21 people have died in the mudslide. Of these, only 15 have been officially identified.

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Landslide Damage
4:05 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

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

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:24 pm

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

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Mayor Of Arlington
4:40 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Washington Mudslide Response Is A Community Effort

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 2:59 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Oso Tragedy
8:38 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Dog rescued from mudslide debris on March 25, 2014.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County

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

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Oso Mudslide
7:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Community: In Their Own Words

Leilani Davis, age 9, contributed this week to our reporting from Darrington.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

It's been nearly a week since the devastating landslide occurred near Oso, Wash. During this week, we've brought you official updates on rescue and recovery, and the voices of witnesses, survivors and community members trying to help. Here's a look back at the past week, from people in their own words.

Oso Mudslide
4:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Factors To Consider Before Releasing Names Of Missing People

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington at a press conference on March 24, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Ross Reynolds speaks with Joel Reidenberg, who teaches law at Fordham and Princeton universities, about the ethical complexities of releasing the names of those missing or unaccounted for in the Oso mudslide. Reidenberg co-authored a report on privacy and missing persons after natural disasters.

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Week In Review
3:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Mudslide, Affordable Care Act, And Minimum Wage Study

Supporters for raising the minimum wage in Seattle protest in January.
Flickr Photo/pnwbot (CC BY-NC-ND)

Search and rescue efforts continue after a massive mudslide engulfed the town of Oso on March 22. A study out of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's office finds who is making $15 minimum wage in the city, and the enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Oso Mudslide
11:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Clear-Cut Crossed Into No-Logging Zone In Oso

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2004 clear-cut (near dotted purple line) extending into no-logging zone (marked with yellow line) at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

KUOW's John Ryan talks with host Ross Reynolds about his report.

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.

State officials say they didn't approve clear-cutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide that struck the town of Oso. But aerial photos show a clear-cut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.

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Oso Tragedy
10:09 am
Fri March 28, 2014

A Hard Day Ahead For Search Operations In The Mudslide

Search and rescue workers on the west side of slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (National Guard) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

With 100 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Friday, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots held a brief conference in the morning to update on the progress of the Oso mudslide.

Hots said the rain makes the efforts of the workers in the debris field, now in their seventh day of search operations, slow and complicated. “We’ve got a hard day ahead of us,” Hots said.

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Oso Mudslide
8:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Disaster Response Includes Concerns For Mental Health

Snohomish County Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:30 pm

The waiting continues for family and friends of the dozens of people missing after last weekend's deadly landslide near Oso, Wash.

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Oso Mudslide
8:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Landslide Debris Field Has To Be Approached As Hazmat Scene

Homes destroyed by the Oso landslide are barely recognizable as such.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:10 pm

In a clearing on a hillside above one side of the mudflow, searchers in all sorts of uniforms and bright safety vests are picking through the crushed and barely recognizable remains of homes.

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