Earthquake-triggered landslides form lakes in New Zealand

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Division of Seismology and Geothermal Studies, Earth Physics Branch, Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources, Ottowa, KIA OY3, Canada


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Eleven small lakes were formed by landslides caused by the 1929 Buller earthquake in New Zealand; four others were formed by other historic earthquakes in this country.  At least nine other New Zealand lakes are dammed by landslides and were probably formed by prehistoric earthquakes.  Earthquake-dammed lakes could provide an estimate of paleoseimicity for the past few hundred or thousand years.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Earthquake-triggered landslides form lakes in New Zealand
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 13
Issue 6
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 11 p.
First page 205
Last page 215
Country New Zealand