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3 October 2010

Continued debris flow activity in the Wenchuan (Sichuan) earthquake area

A frequently-forgotten but potentially very damaging impact of large earthquakes in mountain areas is the increased occurrence of debris flows and other landslides in the following years.  Whilst these events continue to represent a hazard in their own right, they frequently also cause changes to river dynamics, with resultant high levels of damage.  This problem was illustrated all too clearly in a small village that we visited close to Beichuan …

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