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April 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Scientists to hunt for cause of Oso landslide

A national team of scientists and engineers, led by a University of Washington professor, will visit the Oso landslide next week to search for clues to the disaster’s cause.

The six-person team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association hopes to examine the area next week, said UW geotechnical engineer Joseph Wartman. “The purpose is to collect data before the site is changed or altered in rescue and recovery,” he said in a press release. “There is a lot of valuable information about how that landslide occurred in the landscape itself.”

In addition to making measurements and collecting data in the field, the team will speak with people who witnessed the slide. The goal is to piece together how the slide unfolded and, perhaps, glean lessons that can help prevent similar disasters.

The team is funded by the National Science Foundation to respond quickly to a wide range of geologic disasters.

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