Category: Natural Disasters

Floods, mudslides, wildfires, strong winds, earthquakes, tsunamis. The PNW has experienced many natural disasters over the centuries. Human injuries, deaths, damage to property and to the land, these have been part of our history. As important as the damage and destruction has been the responses of the people. Compassion, caring, rebuilding, looking forward to recovery, helping. These posts look at some of the natural disasters in the history of the Pacific Northwest.

The Oso Slide – 2 – Tragedy and Memorial

Saturday, March, 22, 2014. 10:36 a.m. A moment in time. Before that moment 43 children, women, and men were living ordinary lives. After that moment in time, the world changed for dozens of people. This post is a story of tragedy in northwestern Washington state. It is also a story of the aftermath, rescue, and remembrance, a story about a living memorial at Steelhead Drive and State Route 530.

The Oso Slide

March 22, 2014, was a dreadful day in Washington state history. A tragic landslide occurred 4 miles east of Oso, Washington, a small, rural community 60 miles northeast of Seattle, nestled in a beautiful valley of the North Cascades. A hillside collapsed, sending mud and debris rushing south across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.