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LANDSLIDES and AVALANCHES

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Wow! Those boulders demolished part of that house. :blink:  It took me a minute to get that because at first I was focused on the gigantic boulder that stopped just short of the house.

 

I do have to say, however, that is quite an impressive farm house.

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Danger Lingers After Landslide Kills 4 in Washington State

March 23, 2014

Kirk Johnson

 

 

 

A huge landslide roared down a rain-saturated mountain in Snohomish County, about 50 miles North of Seattle. Four people are dead and at least 18 were missing, officials said on Sunday.  Marcus Yam Seattle PI via AP

 

"ARLINGTON, Wash. — A huge landslide that roared down from a rain-saturated mountain slope near here, leaving four people dead and at least 18 others missing, remained a site of both devastation and continued extreme danger on Sunday, state and local officials said.

 

The slide, about a square mile in size, reduced homes to shattered fragments in seconds, buried a state highway and dammed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, posing flood risks up- and downstream. But the rescue effort quickly also became a scene of havoc, with some emergency workers sinking up to their armpits in the slurry-like mud and requiring rescue themselves as they were pulled out with ropes.

 

“Mother Nature holds the cards,” Gov. Jay Inslee said at a news briefing here, about 20 miles from the slide. He said that rescue efforts were continuing, but emergency officials said portions of the slide area were still too treacherous to walk on. Mr. Inslee, who flew over the community of Oso, population about 200, declared a state of emergency and called the destruction “unrelenting and awesome.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/us/washington-mudslide.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article

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UPDATE 

14 dead, 176 reported missing in Wash. mudslide

Alexander Smith

 

"Following a declaration of emergency by President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested 18 California firefighters with specialist training in urban rescue join the effort.

 

Members of the Urban Search and Rescue teams, receive hundreds of hours of training in a regime described by FEMA as “intensive, to say the least.”

 

They are specifically deployed to find people trapped after a disaster. In addition to their general training, different members of the team have individual expertise in finding the victims, digging them out and treating them at the scene."

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/deadly-mudslide/rescue-experts-bolster-desperate-hunt-mudslide-survivors-n61291

 

 

 

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Mudslide crews face daunting task in body search

March 27, 2014

By BRIAN SKOLOFF and LISA BAUMANN

 

 

"DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

 

The relatives sat beside the body as it was zipped into a bag. McClelland found himself overcome with tears.

 

The discovery served as a touching reminder of the deeply emotional work that is playing out in this tight-knit town as rescuers like McClelland search for bodies in the muck and devastation left behind by a massive mudslide, hoping to at least bring some closure to the relatives and friends of those who have not been found.

 

"I can go home and ... eat some food, hug my wife, come in and hug my friends the next morning and say, 'Let's go again. We've got something to do. We've got a job to do, so let's go do it,'" McClelland said, recalling his thoughts on Wednesday."

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http://news.yahoo.com/mudslide-crews-face-daunting-task-body-search-165438383.html

 

 UPDATE March 27, 2014  9PM

 

90 missing + another 35 unaccounted for and 25 dead in mudslide

 

http://www.nwcn.com/home/Reports-of-people-missing-in-mudside-now-90-252560471.html

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Hopes to Find Survivors in Washington Landslide Dwindle

March 28, 2014

Alex Sosnowski

 

 

"A series of storms will continue to roll in from the Pacific Ocean adding rain to the soggy, steep slopes of the Cascades and foothills, as hopes for finding survivors from the Oso, Wash., landslide dwindle.

 

The landslide in Oso occurred on Saturday, March 22, 2014, along Route 530 and the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Essentially, the entire side of a steep mountain gave way due to saturation.

 

The lives of more than two dozen people were claimed by the Oso landslide, with dozens more feared dead now that search efforts have continued for nearly a week. According to the Associated Press, those individuals involved in recovery efforts are now using shovels and other hand tools to search for the missing. Hope for finding survivors is diminishing."

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/hopes-dwindle-finding-oso-landslide-survivors/24977811

 

 

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I saw an interview by one of the rescuers this morning, and he was serious and direct.  We have NOT GIVEN UP HOPE, while yes, it is waning as the days go by, we are not going to stop.  I wish you could've seen his face.  I wish the rest of the country cared..  I sort of think the country is emotionally drained from chaos crisis fear doom poverty assault and non-stop disgusting messaging that really is having the psychological effect of hopelessness.... and shell shock.  One weather disaster after another, corruption and depravity prancing around one victory lap after another.  It's been non-stop for 15 years.

 

And beneath it all, there is a candle in the window. 

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Steelhead Drive Is Gone After Mudslide, Along With Many Lives Lived on It

April 1, 2014

By KIRK JOHNSON, JACK HEALY and IAN LOVETT

 

 

"OSO, Wash. — The words, recorded by the Snohomish County emergency response system in the frantic minutes after a giant wall of earth slid down the mountain here on the morning of March 22, were breathy and labored. “All the homes on Steelhead Drive are gone,” a man said with long pauses between his words.

 

Those eight words proved bleakly authoritative. Though there were victims from elsewhere in the narrow Stillaguamish River Valley among the 28 confirmed dead by the medical examiner and 20 others still missing, Steelhead Drive is the name that rolls out again and again, like the chorus of a dirge.

 

The Ruthvens and the Sattlerlees, the Spillers and the Halsteads — among many other families missing and now presumed dead by responders who continue to search the one-square-mile debris field where 49 homes were destroyed that day — did not just live on Steelhead Drive. They defined it with their lives.

 

It was not the fanciest locale. Oso, in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle, did not attract people for its night life or gourmet restaurants — it had neither — but for the view of snow-capped Mount Higgins, or the fishing, or the hiking trails that beckoned from Mount Baker National Forest. And when the mountain slipped, and an estimated 15 million cubic yards of soil and rock and spiraling toppled trees came down, Steelhead Drive caught the landslide’s surging brunt."

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 Sources: Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office; Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office; Snohomish County Assessor’s Office

Note: List of victims from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office as of 9 p.m. Eastern
 

Place, in a few shattering seconds, became placelessness. Now, on the broken plain of debris — 80 feet deep in places — crossed by a temporary road connecting the 300-acre halves of the search field, there are no signs that anything ever existed here but the broken pieces of what once was. Steelhead Drive is underneath somewhere, buried and robbed of any landmark or sign by which one might even find it.

 

“This was Steelhead Drive,” Lt. Richard Burke, a firefighter in Bellevue, Wash., said on Tuesday, gesturing to an area of tumbled and jumbled gray earth, where shards of metal ductwork and bits of colorful clothing, some draped over fallen logs, gave the only indication that structures of any kind had ever stood, let alone a neighborhood. Under a brilliant blue sky, the air smelled of diesel fuel and rotting wood.

 

“They just didn’t have a house that burned down to the foundation — the streets are gone, the highway is gone,” said Lieutenant Burke, who is also a spokesman for the western area of the slide zone."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/us/mudslide-death-toll-and-missing.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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You can see in that photo that there was a slide in the past.

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Wyoming evacuees keep wary eyes on slow slide

April 11, 2014

By MEAD GRUVER

 

"CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A slow-motion landslide in Wyoming was tearing one home apart inch by inch Friday and keeping about 60 evacuees from knowing when, or even if, they might be able to move back into theirs.

 

At the foot of the slide zone, two restaurants, a liquor store and a just-built Walgreens remained closed amid a slim but persistent risk the hill could collapse suddenly.

 

"We have two cats and two dogs, and it's a big disruption," said one evacuee, Heather Gould. "It's hard to plan and to know what we should or shouldn't do."

 

Officials in Jackson were aware a year ago that the hillside was shifting and had installed equipment to monitor the movement, Assistant Town Manager Roxanne Robinson said Friday.

 

"We acknowledged the hillside had some sloughing up. But there wasn't anything drastic until this past Friday," she said."

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/11/evacuations-eased-for-slipping-jackson-hill/

 

 

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Twelve Nepalese Sherpas Killed and Three Missing After Being Hit With High Altitude Avalanche on Mt. Everest While Preparing Route for Tourists

An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least a dozen Nepalese guides and leaving three more missing, officials said.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp and monitoring the rescue efforts.

Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the three missing guides, Lamsal said. Two Sherpas who were injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Nepal's capital, Katmandu.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2607553/Six-dead-feared-missing-high-altitude-avalanche-Mt-Everest.html#ixzz2zF01Yk00

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Heres another link with information

Mt Everest Claims at Least 12 Lives in Peaks Single Deadliest Avalance

An avalanche on the world’s highest mountain has killed at least 12 local guides during a climb on Friday. The snowpack release also injured three and several others are still unaccounted for in what is being the single deadliest accident on Mt. Everest, according to local officials.

A groups of 50 climbers, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by an avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, according to Tilak Ram Pandey, a spokesperson for Nepal’s mountaineering department of tourism industry.

A statement on the NepalMountaineering.org website said this morning that at least 14 have been killed after an avalanche hit Khubucje area, near Camp I at 6:30 a.m. Friday (local time). The statement added that some victims were rescued and brought down to base camp and further rescue attempts were being conducted.

The avalanche occurred as Sherpa guides were headed to Camp I to fix ropes and to ready the route for climbers of different expedition teams.

Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113124551/mt-everest-avalanche-claims-12-lives-041814/#zfzccBlcD6fMum1p.99

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Creeping Landslide Devouring Part of Wyoming Town

A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home threatened to swallow up more houses and businesses.

The ground beneath the 100-foot hillside had been slowly giving way for almost two weeks before the downward movement accelerated in recent days.

With rocks and dirt tumbling down, officials suspended efforts to shore up the slope and said they were uncertain what else could be done.

"When is it going to go? How long is it going to last? These are the questions we just can't answer and they're what everyone wants to know," town spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/19/creeping-landslide-devouring-part-wyoming-town/

Jackson Landslide Slows After 2 to 9 Feet of Movement in One Day

Officials say a sliding hillside in Jackson sped up and slid from 2 to 9 feet in less than 24 hours Thursday. Movement has since slowed back down to about an inch each day, officials said Saturday.

Local News 8 toured the affected area Saturday. The landslide has already dislodged lampposts, uprooted the Walgreens sign and the town's water pumphouse. It has also left bumpy, hill-like formations in the asphalt and made Budge Drive virtually impassable except for heavy machinery.

A house located at 1045 Budge Drive has been completely sliced in two. "The house is pretty separated and the front house is dropped approximately 6 feet. It's completely separated the house,” said Willy Watsabaugh, chief of the Jackson Hole Fire EMS.

"Looks like a disaster movie,” said Jackson resident Michael Siurua, who's been watching the landslide from across the street.

http://www.localnews8.com/news/jackson-landslide-slows-after-2-to-9-feet-of-movement-in-1-day/25568024

http://abcnews.go.com/US/abrupt-lurch-wyoming-landslide-splits-house/story?id=23393052

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How Politics Buries Science in Landslide Mapping

The six geologists were just starting their work, climbing the mountains of Western North Carolina to map the debris left behind by landslides over millions of years, when the political footing gave way beneath them. Opposition had been building from real estate agents, from home builders planning subdivisions, and then from politicians. When all that energy was released, the science was crushed flat.

The new Republican leadership in the legislature cut off all funding for the state's landslide mapping project in 2011, and the five geologists were laid off. They had mapped just four of 19 counties. Only one geologist kept a state job, but he is not allowed to do any landslide mapping. Another is helping a mining company search for gold. Two are in private practice. The fifth is checking the work of road paving crews. And the sixth moved to Virginia, mapping landslides until the temporary funding for that project ran out.

Against the backdrop of the March 22 mudslide in Washington state, which killed 33 people and left 12 still missing as of Monday, geologists say the story of the team in North Carolina illustrates how America has never put forth a serious effort to learn from the earth's past. Geology experts say science is often a casualty of land politics, as the nation fails to protect others who are unaware they are at risk from deadly landslides.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/how-politics-buries-science-landslide-mapping-n73256

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Slow-Motion Disaster: Wyoming Landslide Rips Apart House

April 21, 2014

Becky Oskin

 

 

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"A creeping landslide threatening homes and businesses since early April in Jackson, Wyo., suddenly lurched Friday, tearing apart a house.

 

While landslides are common along the steep slopes fronting the nearby Teton Range, the crumbling hillside is a rare occurrence in the mountain resort town, according to news reports.

 

Officials first noticed the slumping hillside at East Gros Ventre Butte on April 4, and evacuated 42 homes and apartments on April 9, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. The landslide was initially moving a few inches each day, but between Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, the earth rapidly advanced by up to 10 feet (3 meters) in some spots, according to a city press release. The hillside has slid a total of 15 feet (4.5 m) in some spots, despite concrete buttresses meant to slow its movement.

 

The sudden lurch Friday ripped apart a house at the head of the slide when the earth beneath it dropped. The speed-up also destroyed the road leading to a neighborhood built on the butte, cutting off the only public access, and ruptured a sewer line, the News & Guide reported. [See Live Webcast of the Slow-Motion Landslide"

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http://news.yahoo.com/slow-motion-disaster-wyoming-landslide-rips-apart-house-202516996.html

 

 

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And Mountains will move from their place-- :-

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Everest Climbing Season in Disarray  After Deaths

Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

While the season has not been officially canceled, guides and Sherpas said it appeared increasingly unlikely that any summit attempts would be made this season from the Nepal side of the mountain.

"Many of us think this year is not good for climbing and nobody should be going up the mountain at all," Tenzing, a 23-year-old Sherpa who goes by one name, said in a telephone interview from base camp. He described 2014 as a "black year" for Everest.

"It was bad beginning to the climbing season and it should not get worse," he said.

Friday's avalanche has laid bare deep resentments over Sherpas' pay, treatment and the disproportionate risks they take to help tourists ascend Everest. Dozens of Sherpas have packed up their gear and left the mountain, saying they want to honor the dead and pressure the government to protect their rights.

http://www.kswo.com/story/25326632/everest-climbing-season-in-disarray-after-deaths

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Major Landslide Hits Baltimore, Swallows Several Cars Along 26th Street

A major landslide hits Baltimore along 26th Street. Part of the road along E. 26th Street collapsed down onto the CSX tracks below. At least 10 cars parked along that street have fallen down onto the railroad tracks. “The building shook at about 3:45 like a train derailed. We came running out here and the side of 26th Street just collapsed into the pit where CSX trains go,” one man said. “The wall, the lights, the cars–everything parked on that side of the street–gone.”

“We stood back and then within a 10-second period of time the whole… it’s like the ground opened up and the cars just kind of slid down and the whole retaining wall just gave way,”

Read more at http://tattletailzz.com/major-landslide-hits-baltimore-swallows-several-cars-along-26th-street/#efkgIh8jebyrvbZk.99

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/block-long-chunk-of-street-collapses-in-baltimore/2014/04/30/0be2e42c-d0c8-11e3-a714-be7e7f142085_story.html

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WOW!!! Even though I've seen pictures from the other side of this slide, seeing it actually go is shocking. I didn't expect that end to this video. Thanks Redd.

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Nearly 2,500 Feared Dead In Afghanastan Landslide

As many as 2,500 people are reportedly killed in a massive landslide in northeastern Afghanistan, reports CNN.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village on Friday in northeastern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 2,000 people missing, a top official said.

Badakshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik. Adeeb said the landslide buried some 300 homes in the area - about a third of all houses there.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/world/nearly-2500-feared-dead-in-afghanistan-landslide/469169-2.html

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Emergency closure on Cedar River after mudslide in Maple Valley

May 11, 2014

By Chris Legeros and KIRO 7 Staff                

 

"MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. —

Chuck Niles not only heard the mudslide near his home in Maple Valley,  he saws tons of earth coming down a steep hillside near his home.

 

“It was just a huge rumble. It woke everybody up. Everybody was scared to death,” he said. 

 

They were scared because the debris temporarily dammed and rechanneled the Cedar River. 

 

Water was flowing through a half dozen backyards.  Six homes were temporarily evacuated. 

 “It was just crazy. We were all in shock really,” Niles said.

 

An emergency closure of the Cedar River, between Highway 18 at the Renton Maple Valley Road and Maxwell Road, has been ordered by the King County Sheriff's Office due to the slide. This covers river activities, which includes fishing, boating, floating and swimming."

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http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/crews-respond-report-landslide-maple-valley/nfsrF/

Tx Reddwolf

This is another slide in Wa. state, about 60 miles from me.

 

 

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3 Reported Missing After Colorado Mudslide

Three people have been reported missing after a large mudslide Sunday evening in Mesa County, Colo.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said the slide occurred in a remote area near the town of Collbran, approximately 40 miles east of Grand Junction. KDVR-TV, citing police, reported that the slide occurred along Salt Creek Road in the area of Vega State Park.

Authorities said the first report of the mudslide came at about 6:15 p.m. local time Sunday. The person who first reported the slide described hearing a sound like a freight train, according to a report by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. No structures were reported damaged, nor were major roads reported to be impacted.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/26/three-reported-missing-after-colorado-muslide/

Mudslide Four Miles Long, Two Miles Wide, 250 Feet Deep Hits Western Colorado

An enormous mudslide that's reported to be 4 miles long, 2 miles wide, and around 250 feet deep occurred Sunday night in Mesa County, Colorado, a few dozen miles to the east of Grand Junction. As of 10PM MDT, 3 people were unaccounted for.

The incredibly large mudslide occurred somewhere in the area I've circled on the map above, east of the small town of Collbran, Colorado. Collbran sits at an elevation of ~6,000 feet at the base of a row of mountains that peak around 10,000 feet.

http://thevane.gawker.com/mudslide-4-miles-long-2-miles-wide-250-feet-deep-occu-1581581292/+laceydonohue?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gawker%2Ffull+(Gawker)

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=LS-20140526-43899-USA

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/colorado-mudslide-three-missing?CMP=twt_gu

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Video of the Mudslide In Colorado

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