A Deadly Slope: Examining the Oso, Washington, disaster

Number 26773
Subject Natural Disaster
Source The Seattle Times
State
Year 2014
Publication Date March 25, March 26, March 27, March 31 and April 3, 2014
Summary Two days after a landslide near Oso, Wash., killed 43 people, the county’s head of emergency management said the slide was unforeseeable: “This came out of nowhere. No warning.” The day after those words were spoken, The Seattle Times revealed how there had been a litany of warnings, going back seven decades. A report written for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had even warned of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure.” That story was the first in a string of exposés, in which The Times merged breaking news with investigative reporting to dissect the state’s worst natural disaster since the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Keywords landslide; emergency; warnings; failure
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