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February 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM

New landslide shuts down Amtrak between Seattle, Everett

Updated, 8:55 p.m.: The Associated Press Several mudslides Saturday on BNSF railroad tracks have shut down Amtrak passenger-train service between Seattle and Everett and Ridgefield and Vancouver until Monday, according to BNSF. Another slide had covered the tracks north of Seattle on Friday. Amtrak officials said the tracks are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire Builder trains. Freight trains will run,…

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January 5, 2015 at 5:50 AM

Hoquiam neighborhood evacuated due to landslide danger

State Highway 4 is washed out between Highway 101 and Highway 401. (Photo by Washington State Department of Transportation) The Associated Press UPDATED, 2:30 p.m. | Nearly 200 people in Hoquiam are cut off after a landslide blocked the only road out of the area, according to reports from KING5. The landslide occurred on Beacon Hill Drive…

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December 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Amtrak’s Everett-Seattle service resumes

The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff Amtrak says passenger-train service has resumed between Everett and Seattle after a 48-hour safety moratorium was lifted. Amtrak said in a statement early Sunday that BNSF Railway has cleared its tracks and re-opened the route. A mudslide hit railroad tracks at 12:30 a.m. Friday near Edmonds. On Wednesday night, a Sound Transit…

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October 31, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Heavy rains bring increased risk of landslides, SPU warns

Several landslide-prone hillside areas between Edmonds and Mukilteo have caused ongoing problems with the railroad tracks below them. This photo was taken in May. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times, file) With recent heavy rainfall and more predicted, the area is at a high risk for landslides, a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist warns. With…

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May 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Family confirms ID of long-missing mudslide victim

Steven Hadaway The Associated Press The family of a man missing since the March 22 landslide near Oso says the latest remains discovered were his. Steven Hadaway was installing a satellite television dish at a home when the slide struck. The 53-year-old’s brother confirmed to KIRO-TV on Monday that the remains found last Thursday were Steven Hadaway’s. The…

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May 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Cedar River to remain closed after weekend landslide

The closure of a half-mile stretch of the Cedar River in Maple Valley will remain in effect for at least a week after a landslide clogged the river with mud and 100-foot-tall trees, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The emergency closure was ordered by the sheriff’s office shortly after the Saturday morning landslide temporarily blocked the…

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May 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

No injuries in Maple Valley landslide; stretch of Cedar River closed

Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times Debris from a landslide this morning in Maple Valley completely blocked a stretch of the Cedar River near Southeast 214th Street and Highway 169. No injuries were reported and no one was evacuated. The clogged river caused flooding to seven properties in the area, causing some water damage to six…

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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…

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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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March 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

UW seismometers record slide sequence

Click on image for full view. 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…

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