, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 191–201 | Cite as

Impact of seismic factors on landslide susceptibility zonation: a case study in part of Indian Himalayas

Technical Note


Landslides are one of the most widespread natural hazards in high mountain terrains such as the Himalayas, which are one of the youngest tectonically and seismically active mountain ranges in the world. The crustal movements along the longitudinal thrusts and transverse faults give rise to earthquakes and in turn initiate landslides in the region. In fact, in addition to various static factors causing landslides, earthquakes are one of the major causes of landslides. It is thus imperative to incorporate seismic factor also while carrying out landslide susceptibility zonation map preparation in a seismically active areas like Garhwal Himalayas. In this paper, a study on the effect of earthquakes on landslide susceptibility zonation has been demonstrated by taking Chamoli earthquake as an example.


Himalayas Chamoli earthquake Landslides Landslide susceptibility zonation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naveen Pareek
    • 1
  • Mukat L. Sharma
    • 2
  • Manoj K. Arora
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringThapar UniversityPatialaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Earthquake EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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