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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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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Oso mudslide

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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0 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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0 Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: landslide, landslide causes, mudslide

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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0 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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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: ground motion, landslide, Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Scientists say there’s little chance tiny quake triggered slide

Could a tiny earthquake that struck on March 10 have triggered the massive landslide near the town of Oso on March 22? Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington raised that possibility at a press conference this morning. But the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Laboratory said he thinks it’s highly unlikely. The quake measured 1.1…

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0 Comments | Topics: earthquake, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Crash of Flight MH370 probably not responsible for seismic signal

The director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) says it’s unlikely that a seismic signal on the seafloor off Malaysia was caused by an airplane crash. Seismologists from the University of Science and Technology of China reported Friday that they detected a slight tremor about 85 minutes after the last contact with Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370….

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0 Comments | Topics: airliner, Flight MH370, Malaysia

January 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Social Security fraud sends ex-Bellevue man to prison

A former Bellevue resident who collected his mother’s Social Security benefits for 23 years after her death was sentenced to six months in prison Monday and ordered to pay $188,436 in restitution. Raymond C. O’Dell, 70, who now lives in Arizona, was also fined $20,000 for theft of government funds and sentenced to an additional six…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Bellevue, fraud, man

January 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Frolic for free in national forests, parks on MLK Day

Visitors to national forests and national parks across the Pacific Northwest will get a free pass on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Fees for day-use areas across the region will be waived on Jan. 20, including at Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on the west slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Admission fees will also be waived at…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: free admission, MLK Day, National Forests

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