Disasters and Accidents

Disasters and Accidents

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

Feb 18, 2014
Janet Kellam / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche

Feb 12, 2014
Scientif38 / Wikimedia

As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers  are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.

Audit Finds Problems With Oregon's Disaster Planning

Feb 10, 2014

A new audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office says the state is ill-prepared for a major disaster.

Oregon State Police

Several lawsuits are stacking up across the Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C. against the driver and tour company of a bus that crashed near Pendleton, Ore. a year ago Monday.

Eyewitness photo / Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Washington and other Pacific Coast states set up tsunami debris reporting hotlines in the wake of the 2011 disaster in Japan.

Oregon Chapter of Surfrider Foundation

Hotline calls and emails to report suspected Japanese tsunami debris have gone way down this year. But West Coast states are still keeping their guard up in case another wave of flotsam from the 2011 disaster washes up on our shores.

Ryan Lancaster / Spokane Public Schools

An estimated 1.2 million people in the Northwest took part in an international earthquake drill Thursday.

RJ Landa / USGS

Name the volcano that geologists consider the most dangerous in the Northwest.


Wildfire season is not over yet, despite the widespread rains of the last couple weeks.