SEISMIC DEVICES REGISTER WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE
Scientists that study earthquakes at the University of Washington report seismic equipment picked up the deadly weekend landslide in the Snohomish County town of Oso on Saturday.
KING-TV reports nearby seismic equipment actually picked up two slides that day. The first lasted about two and a half minutes. Then five minutes later, another movement showed up on the seismograph.
Scientists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network emphasize that the slides were not caused by earthquakes. They just shook the ground enough to show up on seismic equipment.
A scientist who documented the landslide conditions warned in a 1999 report filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of "the potential for a large catastrophic failure."
Daniel Miller studies land formations and their changes. He also documented the hill's landslide conditions in a 1997 report for the Washington Department of Ecology and the Tulalip Tribes.
He says he returned to the Snohomish County hill in 2006 within weeks of a landslide that plugged the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and was startled to see new homes being built.
SPOKANE DEPUTY COMPLAINT
The Spokane County Sheriff says a deputy has been placed on paid leave while the agency investigates a complaint that his marked patrol car was parked for lengthy periods outside a home that is not his.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confirmed Deputy Todd Saunders' leave on Monday.
The sheriff says the woman who lived at the home and her adult children are not being cooperative with detectives looking into the allegations. The complaint was originally lodged by a man who lived in the neighborhood.