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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Washington History

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1. In 1991, the deadliest avalanche in Washington's history occurred on February 13 at the tiny town of Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The avalanche caused 11 deaths and several injuries.

2. On February 13, 1877, the University of Washington (UW) opened its doors for the first time as a territorial institution with just 10 students and a faculty of three.

3. In 2001, a devastating earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the state of Washington on February 13. The quake caused widespread damages, including the collapse of several buildings, but no fatalities were reported.

4. On February 13, 1980, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) launched a massive snow removal operation after a heavy snowstorm hit the state of Washington. The operation involved more than 350 pieces of snow removal equipment and took several days to complete.

5. In 2012, a rare snowstorm hit the city of Seattle on February 13, causing widespread travel disruptions and power outages. The storm, which dumped up to six inches of snow, was the largest snowfall the city had received in more than two years.
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