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Observations and recommendations regarding landslide hazards related to the January 13, 2001 M-7.6 El Salvador earthquake

Open-File Report 2001-141

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Abstract

The January 13, 2001 earthquake (M-7.6) off the coast of El Salvador triggered widespread damaging landslides in many parts of the El Salvador. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the Salvadoran government requested technical assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); USAID, in turn, requested help from technical experts in landslide hazards from the U.S. Geological Survey. In response to that request, we arrived in El Salvador on January 31, 2001 and worked with USAID personnel and Salvadoran agency counterparts in visiting landslide sites and evaluating present and potential hazards. A preliminary, unofficial report was prepared at the end of our trip (February 9) to provide immediate information and assistance to interested agencies and parties. The current report is an updated and somewhat expanded version of that unofficial report. Because of the brief nature of this report, conclusions and recommendations contained herein should be considered tentative and may be revised in the future.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Observations and recommendations regarding landslide hazards related to the January 13, 2001 M-7.6 El Salvador earthquake
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2001-141
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Denver, CO
Description:
19 p.
Country:
El Salvador