Landslides triggered by Hurricane Mitch in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Open-File Report 2002-33
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The arrival of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in the latter part of the 1998 hurricane season produced effects that were unprecedented in their widespread nature throughout Central America. After winds from the storm had blown down more than 70 percent of the conifer forest on the Bay Island of Guanaja, the hurricane turned inland and stalled over the mainland of Honduras for 3 days. The resulting deluge of rainfall produced devastating flooding and landslides that resulted in more than 9,000 fatalities and 3 million people displaced. Although the eye of Hurricane Mitch passed through the northern part of Honduras, the greatest rainfall totals and intensities occurred in the southern part of the country near Choluteca. For the three days October 29-31, 1998, total rainfall at Choluteca exceeded 900 mm. Not surprisingly, it was in this area that the highest landslide concentrations occurred.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Landslides triggered by Hurricane Mitch in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2002-33
DOI 10.3133/ofr0233
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description Also available in Spanish. 11 p., 1 over-size sheet.
Country Honduras
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