House passes bill to reduce deadliness of landslides


December 10, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. House has passed a bill to reduce the deadliness of landslides a day after one in Alaska, though the motivation for the proposed law came from a 2014 Washington state landslide.

The bill, which passed on Thursday, was initially introduced in 2016, two years after the Oso landslide killed 43 people.

Washington Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene, who introduced the bill, said its provisions would help broaden scientific knowledge about landslides and develop better protocols on how best to respond to them.

“As the Oso landslide demonstrated, simply sending aid...

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