natural disasters

Pintak From Islamabad
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How Nepalese Earthquake Affects Orphans

An injured child lies on the ground outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday.
Credit Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Lawrence Pintak, dean of WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, reports from neighboring Pakistan that the earthquake creates special dangers for Nepal’s children.


“The babies are safe.” That was the good news that greeted me Saturday after a 24 hour flight from Seattle to South Asia. While I was in the air, Nepal had been devastated by the earthquake.

“The babies” were the kids at a Kathmandu orphanage where my 20-year old daughter volunteered last fall. She had planned to go back this month. Luckily she didn’t.

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Pintak From Islamabad
6:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Pakistan, All Eyes On Nepal After Quake

An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs.
Credit Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Around the world this weekend, all eyes were on Nepal. But nowhere more so than on the Indian sub-continent. Lawrence Pintak reports from Islamabad.

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Tsunami Preparedness
5:59 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Tsunami Preparedness

A major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could cause catastrophic damage in the Pacific Northwest.

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:49 pm

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

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Tsunami Debris
7:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

More Japanese Tsunami Debris Will Wash Up This Winter On Northwest Shores, Scientists Predict

Shipping tote dislodged during the Japanese tsunami washed ashore near Seal Rock, Ore. in late November. It was covered with about 200 blue mussels.
Credit Oregon State University

Winter storms off the Oregon and Washington coastlines are expected to bring a new wave of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Scientists say objects are already washing ashore – with potentially invasive organisms riding along.

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Oso Landslide Survivors
7:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

We're Staying In Oso, But Every Day We Say Goodbye

Ron and Gail Thompson outside their new home in the Oso area.
Credit Aileen Imperial / KCTS

Ron Thompson was known as the mayor of Steelhead Drive. He and his wife Gail Thompson lost their home and many neighbors in the Oso landslide. But they’ve decided to stay in Oso, and start over in a new home just four miles from the old one. They find hope in rebuilding their community while striving to find meaning in the disaster.

Read the Thompsons' story on Medium. 

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Oso Landslide Survivors
8:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

In Oso, Being Mayor Is Now A Full-Time Job

Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin's desk.
Credit Aileen Imperial / KCTS

Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin grew up in this small town, like his father and his father before him. Though he moved away when he was younger, Rankin felt he had to move back. The town, he says, is something you can't get out of your soul.

KUOW and KCTS 9 collaborated to produce this series.

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Oso Landslide Survivors
8:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

After Oso, Reborn From Water And Mud

Robin walks through Squire Creek State park near her current home. Robin says being in nature helps her heal from the trauma of the landslide.
Credit Stacey Jenkins / KCTS

Robin Youngblood cherished the nature around her home in Oso’s Steelhead Haven. When the landslide struck, she and a visiting friend were talking about a deer they had just seen. After the disaster, she left the Oso area. But something called her back. Now she lives a stone’s throw from state Route 530, a few miles east of the slide. You can hear that story below.

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Relief Flights
7:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Baja Mexico

Credit Aero Icarus / Flickr

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico. A hurricane slammed the resort area at the beginning of this week. Since then, there have been reports of looting, no water and electricity, and food shortages. Airlifts to get stranded tourists out of there started Wednesday and ramped up Thursday. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge greeted the first wave of arrivals in Los Angeles.

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Relief Flights
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alaska Rescue Flights Dispatched To Mexico

Vacationers eager to get out of Los Cabos, Mexico, lined up on the tarmac Wednesday.
Credit Alaska Airlines

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is dispatching jets today to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico. Baja California is still reeling from the direct hit by Hurricane Odile at the beginning of this week.

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Methow Valley
7:21 am
Tue September 9, 2014

After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley, Some Choose To Leave

Patty Cho, 25, of Los Angeles, packs the valuabls she can carry on her back oand her boyfriend Sal Asaro, 24, pick on the porch of their yurt and plan their next move. With no power, running water and surrounded by mud, they were looking for a new home.
Sal Asaro

Hunkered low on the front deck of a yurt are two 20-somethings. The hut is plopped in the middle of a winding mountain canyon in Washington’s Methow Valley near the town of Twisp.

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