Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead Landslide.

The Oso, Washington landslide was predicted and preventable, and that doesn’t matter.

Journalists, stop snarking about how they never should have built there — you live somewhere risky and are apparently clueless about it.

Geologists, the community listened to their scientists and mitigated the hazard. We rarely relocate towns due to risk, and the risk was deemed inside acceptable levels. Maybe the various reports missed something, but this town was not foolish for merely existing.

I wrote more over on io9.

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