natural disasters

Firefighter Deaths
5:58 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighting Still Dangerous, But For Different Reasons

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died Sunday fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in Idaho on Sunday as 20-year-old Anne Veseth, of Moscow, Idaho. She was struck by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire southeast of Coeur d’Alene. As Jessica Robinson reports, firefighting deaths fluctuate from year to year, but the biggest source of that danger has shifted.

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Earthquake Risk
5:54 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Earthquake Study Raises Risk Potential Around Central Washington Dams

Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Central Washington was considered at low risk for earthquakes back when big hydropower dams went up on the Columbia River many decades ago. But a recently completed seismic hazard assessment has found greater earthquake potential for the area than previously thought. Now the dam owners have to figure out how to respond. Seismic retrofits could cost ratepayers across the region hundreds of millions of dollars. Correspondent Tom Banse has this exclusive report.

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Longdraw Fire
5:53 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Long Draw Fire Cools Down, Ranchers Search For Missing Cattle

Jeanette Yturriondobeitia searches for cattle after the Longdraw fire dies out.
Photo by Amelia Templeton

Officials say the massive Long Draw fire in South East Oregon stopped actively burning over the weekend. The fire consumed more than 900 square miles of rangeland. Amelia Templeton reports, ranchers are searching for their cows.

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Earthquake Warning System
5:12 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Prototype Early Warning System Worked During Cal. Quake Friday

This GPS station near the summit of Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park could be part of a future earthquake detection and early warning system.
Photo credit: Tim Melbourne, CWU Northwest News Network

A prototype, earthquake early warning system, worked as designed when an actual quake gently shook California last Friday. Researchers reported the results Tuesday at the annual meeting of American seismologists.

Last year, a private foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey gave a multimillion dollar grant to create an automated earthquake warning system for the Pacific Coast states. The idea is to provide advance notice to prepare people for severe shaking. It could come via a cell phone alert or a pop-up on your computer or TV screen.

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