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Lessons learned from a tragedy

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The landslide near Oso and tragic loss of life has everyone’s attention. This is especially true for governments with some responsibility for anticipating natural disaster and doing something to minimize the impact on life and property. If any good can come of an event as tragic as the Oso slide, this is one small part.

We should all know this is important, for we live in a region where within human memory an earthquake-triggered landslide blocked the Columbia, where snowslides and avalanches have buried trains filled with passengers and ski cabins filled with people, where rising rivers have flooded towns, where torrents of mud and debris have gushed from canyons with deadly force, where heavy equipment has triggered the collapse of hillsides, where firestorms have forced thousands to evacuate, where hurricane-force winds have wrecked homes and felled trees by the hundreds, etc., etc.

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