landslide

Natural Disasters
6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Oregon’s Geology: Scientists Warn of Hazards, But Do Lawmakers & Agencies Respo

City Club of Eugene - Oregon’s Geology: Scientists Warn of Hazards, But Do Lawmakers & Agencies Respond?

Meeting date: October 10, 2014

KLCC air date: October 13, 2014

Natural disasters are often followed by a period of public reflection: Did anyone know something like this could happen? Had we taken precautions to prevent and minimize the damage from the earthquake, hurricane, flood or other event that just turned life upside down?

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Oso Mudslides: Lessons For Oregon

Meeting Date: July 11, 2014

Air Date: July 14, 2014

Landslides are intrinsic to the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Many natural features of this region resulted from slides triggered by weather or seismic activity. Less than 4 months ago, about 350 miles from Eugene, a massive landslide was hard to miss.

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Washington Landslide
6:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Darrington Rodeo: Young Woman Lets Go Of Oso Landslide On The Back Of A Fast Horse

Alexis Blakey, 20, of Oso, Wash., helped rescue horses and search for survivors and the dead after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse Tax helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King

Now we’re going to take you to a small timber-town rodeo in Washington. In the town of Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. Correspondent Anna King was there, and has this profile of a young rodeo cowgirl.

Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.

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Natural Disaster
11:19 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Highway 530 Closure Has Deep Impacts On Community

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed. That’s the main thoroughfare there. For Darrington residents, not having that road is a big problem. Mayor Dan Rankin says his town is kind of a disaster within a disaster.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Logging The Edge Of Oso Slide's No-logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

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

Removing forest cover can increase the amount of rain water that finds its way underground. Geologists say the extra groundwater can destabilize the already unstable soils deep beneath landslide zones.

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Environment
9:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Would Oregon Forestry Rules Have Stopped Logging Above The Oso Landslide?

Credit Washington State Patrol

After heavy rains triggered fatal landslides in 1996, Oregon rewrote its rules on where logging can happen in landslide-prone areas.

Oregon law now clearly states that you can't log in areas with where logging could trigger a public safety risk from a certain type of landslide.

That is -- the type of landslide that sends a thin layer of soil washing down a slope and taking everything on the surface along with it. Removing trees from steep slopes can raise the risk of that kind of landslide. John Seward's job with the Oregon Department of Forestry is to avoid that risk.

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Washington Landslide
6:45 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Volunteers Recover Bodies of Friends And Neighbors in Washington Landslide

Bob DeYoung has recovered bodies of his friends and neighbors in the Oso landslide. His wife has been cooking for hundreds of people a day at the Darrington community hall
Credit Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW.

Wednesday night an emergency commander in Darrington, Washington told a packed town meeting the number of confirmed dead in the Oso landslide is now 25. And dozens are still missing.
The numbers change as bodies are recovered. It’s grim and exhausting work.

 

Bob DeYoung came to a prayer vigil in Darrington wearing thick suspenders that held up jeans covered in mud.

DeYoung: “Sticks to everything.”

You could see he had been working hard. He had been out all day.

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Land Use Planning/Disasters
8:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning Decisions

Bonnie Brown's cabin in Oso, Washington before the March 22 landslide.
Credit Bonnie Brown

The Northwest is a region prone to landslides. That, of course, is on many people’s minds as the town of Oso, Washington recovers from the tragic slide that happened there this past weekend. There is a lot of scientific data and maps showing where landslides have occurred in the past. The question is whether or not it’s getting used.

Bonnie Brown sent me a picture of the cabin her parents built on the Stillaguamish River in the 70s.

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