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The landslide story

The catastrophic Wenchuan earthquake induced an unprecedented number of geohazards. The risk of heightened landslide frequency after a quake, with potential secondary effects such as river damming and subsequent floods, needs more focused attention.

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Figure 1: The Daguangbao landslide.


Figure 2: Tectonic and geomorphic settings of the Wenchuan earthquake, China.



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Huang, R., Fan, X. The landslide story. Nature Geosci 6, 325–326 (2013).

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