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September 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

More Ebola aid from Paul Allen, World Vision

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and the Federal Way-based aid organization World Vision both announced new efforts today to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Allen will donate $1.3 million to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, the organization that has provided hands-on medical treatment for most of the people diagnosed with Ebola…

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September 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Paul Allen gives another $6.6 million to fight Ebola outbreak

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday that he is donating another $6.6 million to help stem the spread of Ebola in West Africa. A $3.6 million grant will be used to distribute 50,000 protection kits in Liberia. The kits, which will be airlifted by UPS, are designed to protect healthy people from contracting the virus…

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September 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Gates Foundation gives $50 million to fight Ebola outbreak

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $50 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. It is the giant philanthropy’s biggest donation ever for a health emergency, said Chris Elias, president of global development for the Seattle-based foundation. The money will be released immediately to United Nations agencies and international aid groups to…

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August 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Complaint filed over monkey deaths at Everett lab

An animal-rights group has filed a complaint against an Everett research lab over the deaths of 25 monkeys shipped to Washington from Cambodia. The Ohio-based group Stop Animal Exploitation Now said in its complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that SNBL USA should be “severely punished” for allowing the animals to perish or…

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June 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Families of dead climbers meet with National Park Service and climbing guide service officials

On Sunday morning at Longmire west of Mount Rainier, family members of the six climbers met with National Park Service and Alpine Ascents officials. “They are devastated and are in a taking care of themselves mode,” said Patti Wold, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Park Service said this morning that it was going to release the…

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April 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Homeland Security Secretary tours mudslide, pledges continued federal support

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pledged continued federal support after touring the site of the Snohomish County mudslide this morning. “It is clear there is more work to do,” he said in a news conference at Paine Field in Everett. “I am here to tell the community and the state that the federal government is with…

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April 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

New aerial map shows Oso slide in a different light

New aerial images of the Oso landslide show the topography of the debris field in unprecedented detail. The images were commissioned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and are based on a laser-surveying technique called lidar — light detection and ranging. In the survey, a plane equipped with a laser scanner flew over the area,…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Homepage | Topics: image, lidar, map

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…

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March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

USGS: Quake didn’t trigger Oso mudslide

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed this morning that a tiny quake 12 days before Saturday’s Oso mudslide could not have triggered the disaster. “Seismograph readings show no indication of an earthquake in association with the landslide,” said a statement from the agency. However, recordings from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington show…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: earthquake, landslide, Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

UW seismometers record slide sequence

A seismometer about 7 miles from Saturday’s landslide recorded the ground rumbling as the hillside gave way. The instrument, at Jim Creek, picked up the initial slide at 10:37 am. The signal lasted about 2.5 minutes and probably represents the movement of the landslide mass that had sloughed off in 2006 and was lying at…

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