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Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake
  • J. S. Kargel
  • G. J. Leonard
  • Dan H. Shugar, University of Washington Tacoma
  • U. K. Haritashya
  • A. Bevington
  • E. J. Fielding
  • K. Fujita
  • M. Geertsema
  • E. S. Miles
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The Gorkha earthquake (M 7.8) on 25 April 2015 and later aftershocks struck South Asia, killing ~9,000 and damaging a large region. Supported by a large campaign of responsive satellite data acquisitions over the earthquake disaster zone, our team undertook a satellite image survey of the earthquakes’ induced geohazards in Nepal and China and an assessment of the geomorphic, tectonic, and lithologic controls on quake-induced landslides. Timely analysis and communication aided response and recovery and informed decision makers. We mapped 4,312 co-seismic and post-seismic landslides. We also surveyed 491 glacier lakes for earthquake damage, but found only 9 landslide-impacted lakes and no visible satellite evidence of outbursts. Landslide densities correlate with slope, peak ground acceleration, surface downdrop, and specific metamorphic lithologies and large plutonic intrusions.
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J. S. Kargel, G. J. Leonard, Dan H. Shugar, U. K. Haritashya, et al.. "Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha earthquake" Science Vol. 351 Iss. 140 (2015) p. aac8353 - aac8353
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