natural disasters

Twisp Mudslide
6:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Houses In Mud, Fish On Land After Twisp Landslides

Aaron Dunlap found his car stuck in the sand after flash floods hit his cannabis farm Thursday near Twisp, Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Aaron Dunlap started Friday morning with his car stuck in sand and a fish stuck in the dirt outside his cannabis farm. Dunlap is one of many people stuck digging themselves out today after landslides and flash floods near Twisp, Washington.

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Highway Reopens
5:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

US Highway 12 Open After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'
Credit Washington State Department of Transportation

U.S. Highway 12 in Washington reopens after a large mudslide yesterday . State workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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Carlton Complex Fire
6:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Central Washington Fires Shut Down Power As Uncertainty Grows

Community members file in Sunday night to a meeting in Brewster, Washington.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It’s closed most gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington. Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss. Meanwhile, in Brewster last night, incident commanders of the region’s biggest and most destructive wildfire briefed residents Sunday night. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with residents who are coping without power, and reports from that tense Brewster meeting.

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Tsunami Debris
6:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

New Wave of Suspected Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore

This skiff - suspected Japanese tsunami debris - was found Thursday near Moclips, Wash.
Washington Department of Ecology

A new wave of suspected debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is washing up on Northwest shores. The latest noteworthy object to arrive, a large skiff coated with sea life, was found Thursday near Moclips, Wash.

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School Safety
6:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters

A new draft report finds that Washington schools face threats from nine different kinds of natural hazards.
Credit Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Oso landslide appears to rank as the third deadliest natural disaster in Washington history – after the 1910 Stevens Pass avalanche and the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. But what if there had been a school in the path of the debris field? A new hazard report from the state shows dozens of Washington schools potentially sit in slide zones. But at least one of those schools doesn’t have to worry.

Holmes Elementary in Spokane is about three blocks from the Spokane River. The new report says it’s one of 28 Washington schools near a slope with a high risk of failure.

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NWPR Books
12:06 am
Mon August 12, 2013

For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

Volunteers at the Queens Library in the Far Rockaway section of Queens hand out coats to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:43 am

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped the storm's victims turn a new page. Librarians helped thousands of people fill out relief forms, connect to the Internet and make plans to rebuild.

The New Dorp branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island wasn't damaged during Sandy. But just a few blocks away, houses were inundated with as much as 16 feet of water. And days after the storm, many of the library's patrons still lacked the most basic services.

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Goldendale Fire
6:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Goldendale Area Wildfire Grows Over Weekend

Smoke is visible from a firefighter base camp near Goldendale.
Credit Anna King

Over the weekend the wildfire burning near Goldendale, in southeast Washington, grew to more than 17,000 acres. Firefighters are battling flames in grass, brush and timber. So far, no homes have burned, but the fire has closed a highway that runs between the towns of Toppenish and Goldendale. The blaze called the Mile Marker 28 fire is moving toward the town of Bickelton, Washington and is about 25 percent contained. More than 1,200 firefighters are working about 78 miles of fire line. Steve Derry is a fire crew chief. He was just getting ready to head back out.

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Disaster Preparedness
5:53 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

New Research And Maps Highlight Need For Earthquake, Tsunami Prep

Subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate under the North American Plate controls the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit USGS

The earthquake and tsunami threat to the Northwest from the offshore Cascadia fault was in the news in multiple ways Thursday. Canadian researchers have reconstructed a prehistoric record of great earthquakes on that shared fault. It reconfirms that we're due for another Big One. Coincidentally in Oregon, tsunami preparedness is getting a renewed look.

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Wildfire Season
6:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wildfire Season Looks Bad For Central Idaho, Easier In Southern Part Of The State

Where you are in Idaho will determine your wildfire risk this summer. Fire officials gave their predictions Tuesday on what fire seasons will be like around the state. If you’re in southern Idaho you shouldn’t see the type of catastrophic wildfires we had last year.

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Rangeland Firefighters
6:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Closer To Realizing Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

Firefighters spraying water on a fire burning in Idaho.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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