UW leading geotechnical study of Oso mudslide

UW leading geotechnical study of Oso mudslide
Workers trudge through the mud at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The number of confirmed dead has reached 24. More than two dozen people remain missing, authorities have said. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)
SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington is helping lead a geotechnical team to investigate what caused the March 22 landslide at Oso and what might be done to prevent similar disasters.

The university says the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association is mobilizing a team with one of the leaders a UW associate professor of civil and environment engineering, Joseph Wartman.

The team of six experts plans to collect information about the steep slope above the Stillaguamish River that collapsed and covered a residential area, killing more than two dozen people.

The National Science Foundation is funding the work with the goal of posting findings within a month to help future investigations.