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Tag Archives: Emergency Preparedness

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Washington State Ferries wishes to apologize for the downsizing you experienced this evening, May 8, when the Tacoma went out of service on the Bainbridge route and we moved the Issaquah to provide needed service. We understand that it is Mother’s Day weekend, a very special time, and we will return to three boat service on this route as quickly as possible. If the Tacoma is not repaired, we will use the Evergreen State as the third boat on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route so Mother’s Day plans can be kept.

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Oklahoma concedes that wastewater wells cause quakes

The Republican-dominated government of Oklahoma conceded today that science has conclusively demonstrated that the underground disposal of wastewater is resulting in earthquakes on a large scale.

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The Bush administration’s botched response to the costliest natural disaster in American history blew the president’s second term off course. He never recovered. Better to be remembered as the leader who occasionally cried wolf than pilloried for getting it hopelessly wrong.

Snowperbole: New Yorkers ask, “Is that it?” (BBC News)

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Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Japanese media are reporting that four of the thirty-one people known to be on or near the peak of Mount Ontake have been confirmed dead after their bodies were found by rescuers. The ten thousand foot mountain is the second highest volcano in Japan.

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Storm swamps Phoenix: Mesa flooding a ‘slow-moving disaster’

The Arizona-Republic reports on the historic flash flooding that has turned ordinarily dry metro Phoenix into a swampy mess.

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Earthquake-damaged building in Napa

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Napa Valley area on August 24th has left many buildings, including this one at the corner of Main & Clinton, in bad shape. (Photo: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services)

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Reporters stand in front of damaged Napa building

“The day after! Downtown Napa after the quake. News crews use one of the most damaged buildings as a backdrop to their reports.” (Photo: Mark Gunn)

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Magnitude 6.0 quake rocks Northern California

The most powerful earthquake to strike Northern California since the 1989 Loma Prieta tumbler has caused extensive damage in and around the Napa area. The quake struck in the middle of the night, at 3:20 AM, injuring some ninety people, rupturing gas mains, and ruining building façades. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

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I know people have seen fires before. This is a different beast. This is a fire storm.

— Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, speaking at a news conference and urging Washingtonians to obey fire evacuation orders. (The sheriff in Okanogan County says up to 100 homes lost in wildfire).

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Bad oil boom: *Another* crude train explodes in a small town while regulators chug along

Businessweek’s Matthew Phillips discusses the spate of oil train explosions that have disrupted small towns in the United States and Canada, killing people, destroying property, and fouling up our air and water.  The latest blowup took place not far from the District of Columbia, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Oil from that train is reportedly seeping into the James River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

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ShakeMap of 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled LA this evening

U.S. Geological Survey: “A M5.1 earthquake occurred at 9:09PM on March 28, 2014, located 1 mile easy of La Habra, CA, or 4 miles north of Fullerton, CA. The event was felt widely throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. It was preceded by two foreshocks, the larger of M3.6 at 8:03pm. The demonstration earthquake early warning system provided 4 second warning in Pasadena. “

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Risk of massive slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades

The Seattle Times connects with geologists who have long been concerned with the a catastrophic failure of the hill above the rural Snohomish County community along the Stillaguamish River near Oso, especially Daniel and Lynne Roders Miller, who wrote a prescient report in 1999 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warning of disaster.

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Thanks, California! Golden State sends firefighters to help with mudslide response

Eighteen firefighters from California left for the Pacific Northwest last night to help respond to the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County, the State of California has announced. The firefighters have been trained to do urban search-and-rescue and move dirt and debris to search for trapped victims.

 

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This is one of the biggest landslides I’ve seen… There is still some movement on the landslide, and so that is something that we’re trying to get a better handle on.

— Washington’s state geologist Dave Norman, briefing reporters earlier today on the scope and scale of the Oso mudslide. Norman, who head DNR’s Geology and Earth Resources Division, is the godfather of NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve.

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Aerial view of the Stillguamish River and SR 530 after the March 22, 2014 landslide

The Oso landslide on March 22 resulted in the damming of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. Mud covering the area, including SR 530 is a mile wide. Click to see a bigger view. (Photo: WSDOT/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license)