Landslides Driven by Extreme Events: Can We Learn More from More of Them?
Extreme events, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or major storms, typically cause thousands of landslides in mountainous topography over the course of minutes to hours. In the last few years alone, we’ve witnessed more than 25,000 landslides during the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, and more than 20,000 in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand. The 2018 Mw 6.6 Hokkaido earthquake in Japan demonstrated the lethal combination of a rainy season followed by an earthquake, which led to significant parts of the landscape being scarred and stripped bare by adjacent landslides despite relatively flat topography.
D. Zekkos et al., "Landslides Driven by Extreme Events: Can We Learn More from More of Them?," Geostrata Magazine, vol. 23, no. 3, American Society of Civil Engineers, May 2019.
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