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Tag Archives: Disaster Recovery

VICTORY! U.S. House passes Suzan DelBene’s National Landslide Preparedness Act

Excerpt: The bill would advance our understanding of the geology behind landslides and make funds available for emergency preparedness programs pertaining to landslides.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes Anchorage, Alaska, causing widespread damage

Excerpt: A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the City of Anchorage, its suburbs, and points beyond this morning, causing widespread damage in Alaska's largest city. 
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Amtrak Cascades 501 derails onto Interstate 5 at Mounts Road; several passengers killed

Excerpt: A horrific scene is unfolding in Pierce County, where the first Amtrak Cascades train in revenue service on the new Point Defiance bypass has been wrecked.
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Hurricane Irma heading for the United States; Florida will take direct, devastating hit

Excerpt: Sunshine will soon be but a memory in the Sunshine State, with the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded set to roar ashore in a matter of hours. "If" is no longer a question. Irma is coming, and it's going to be bad.
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Wildfire roundup for September 5th, 2017: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are burning

Excerpt: For months, authorities across the Pacific Northwest have been warning that our region was facing an extreme wildfire risk this summer that would only be exacerbated by a lack of precipitation. As we approach the autumnal equinox, those fears have come to pass, with a series of devastating fires burning up and down the Cascade […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

Excerpt: Last week, as readers know, Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in Texas, making its first landfall at Rockport around 03:00 UTC. It is the first hurricane to make landfall in the southern United States in twelve years, ending a record stretch that began following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Since then, […]
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Horrible tragedy unfolding in Nepal following massive quake; thousands dead and injured

Excerpt: Last night, as most of the Pacific timezone was headed to bed or snoozing away following the end of another workweek, a massive earthquake struck Nepal, including the capital of Kathmandu. Initially reported as a magnitude 7.5 tremblor by the U.S. Geological Survey, it was later revised to 7.8. The quake stuck at a depth […]
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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Excerpt: Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the President declared an emergency in the State of Washington and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from flooding and mudslides beginning on March 22, 2014, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of […]
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Terrible devastation in Philippines prompts renewed call for aid from the United Nations

Excerpt: As pictures and eyewitness accounts continue to come in from the Philippines, depicting the terrible devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations is launching a $300+ million appeal for aid from the world community to help the more than eleven million people affected by the storm. (Many of them are without shelter after the […]
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Inslee: We have a plan for making I-5’s Skagit River Bridge driveable again by mid-June

Excerpt: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has devised a plan to make Interstate 5 between Mount Vernon and Burlington passable again by mid-June, Governor Jay Inslee announced this afternoon. State bridge engineers have been working feverishly to figure out how the bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the Skagit River might be repaired. The […]
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Time to give the failed I-5 Skagit River span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

Excerpt: Yesterday afternoon on Daily Kos, progressive activist Wu Ming suggested that, in the wake of the failure of Interstate 5’s Skagit River crossing, which carries more than seventy thousand vehicles a day, it would be appropriate to give the span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge. Ming wrote: As I watched the coverage […]
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Hurray for Amtrak! Third daily Cascades train between Seattle and Bellingham is coming

Excerpt: A big kudos to WSDOT, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Sound Transit for figuring out how to pull this new service together on short notice: To assist travelers affected by yesterday’s I-5 highway bridge collapse in Skagit County, Amtrak Cascades will add one round trip route between Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., in the coming weeks. […]
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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I-5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been sixteen hours since a section of the bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the Skagit River collapsed, but already the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working on a plan to put the span back together. Experts have estimated the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 million, according to […]
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