Rock avalanches caused by earthquakes: Source characteristics



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Study of a worldwide sample of historical earthquakes showed that slopes most susceptible to catastrophic rock avalanches were higher than 150 meters and steeper than 25 degrees. The slopes were undercut by fluvial or glacial erosion, were composed ofintensely fractured rock, and exhibited at least one other indicator of low strength or potential instability.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Rock avalanches caused by earthquakes: Source characteristics
Series title Science
Volume 223
Issue 4642
Year Published 1984
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Science
First page 1288
Last page 1290
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