This blog provides a commentary on landslide events occurring worldwide, including the landslides themselves, latest research, and conferences and meetings.The blog is written on a personal basis by Dave Petley, who is the Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom.
This blog is a personal project that does not seek to represent Durham University.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Landslide hazards in the aftermath of the Lushan earthquake in Sichuan
A number of Chinese media outlets have articles about the threats
posed by landslides in the aftermath of the 20th May 2013 Lushan
earthquake in Sichuan Province. It is clear from the imagery (such as the image below)
that landslides have represented a very significant component of the
costs of this earthquake, although at present it is not clear just how
many of the deaths were caused by mass movements. The next major threat
is the upcoming rainy season - just weeks away - which will inevitably
cause a combination of further first time failures and debris flows of
released materials. Ya'an, the County in which Lushan sits, is nicknamed
"the city of rain".