Journal of the Japan Society of Erosion Control Engineering, Vol.61,No.3,2008

Sediment disasters induced by the Wenchuan Earthquake, China on May 12, 2008

Yoshiharu ISHIKAWA, Satoshi TSUCHIYA, Kazuo KONAGAI and Fawu WANG


The Wenchuan Earthquake occurred at 15:07, on May 12, 2008 in China. Its hypocenter was close to the Wenchuan, Sichuan, (North 3101'05'', East 10336'05") and its magnitude (M) was 8.0. Many landslides were triggered by the earthquake in the Mts. Longmenshan, west of Chengdu. Field investigation were conducted for the sediment disasters at the end of July ] beginning of August. Characteristics of several large landslides and landslide dams are described.

Key wordsFearthquake, Wenchuan, sediment disaster, landslide, landslide dam

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