Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less



LANDSLIDE: Oso tragedy need not have happened

We retired to Washington for what it offers in culture, scenery, water, forests and the proximity to grandchildren.

What this state is lacking is geological common sense backed by legislative action. Many geoscientists have recently come foreword with the observation that the Oso slide was a predictable and recurring event. The folks concerned with zoning have dropped the ball in this case. Land developers are not concerned with factors that undermine their interests.

The real tragedy in waiting is a landslide on the flanks of Mount Rainer – a matter of when, not if – and the massive lahar (mudflow

Read more »


LAHARS: They’re dangerous but not quite so speedy

Re: “In case of lahar, just follow the helpful signs” (TNT, 4-29).

Although he may be using hyperbole, reader columnist Scott Candoo is way off in stating that the speed of a lahar is between 1 and 15 miles per second; 15 miles per second is 54,000 miles per hour – a speed more appropriate for an asteroid entering Earth’s atmosphere.

The lahar that hits Orting will be traveling more like 40 mph, and will be composed of mud and possibly ice, with no lava content.