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Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 190–199 | Cite as

Preventing and limiting exposure to geo-hazards: Some lessons from two mountain villages destroyed by the Wenchuan earthquake

  • Laurence SvirchevEmail author
  • Yong Li
  • Liang Yan
  • Bolin Ma
  • Chengying He
Article

Abstract

This paper examines the experiences of two mountain communities-Yinchanggou and Donghekou in the Wenchuan earthquake of May 12, 2008, where Yinchanggou’s tourism economy and natural park system was destroyed and Donghekou was buried by a landslide. We conducted research surveys on both the communities, interviewing survivors and local officials, and observed the destruction/reconstruction, geological, and living conditions. We suggest that protracted educational processes be put into place so that mountain communities possess a knowledge base to consider long-term disaster prevention when building the economy in the fragile and geo-hazardous conditions of the Longmenshan. The Donghekou Earthquake Ruins Park is an exemplar of turning disaster into sustainable, safe development for small mountain villages.

Keywords

Wenchuan Earthquake Geo-hazards Post-disaster reconstruction Survery 

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© Science Press, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Svirchev
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yong Li
    • 3
  • Liang Yan
    • 3
  • Bolin Ma
    • 3
  • Chengying He
    • 4
  1. 1.Visiting Researcher, National Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and ExploitationChengdu University of TechnologyChengdu, SichuanChina
  2. 2.MA Disaster and Emergency Management ProgramRoyal Roads University, School of Peace and Conflict ManagementVictoriaCanada
  3. 3.National Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and ExploitationChengdu University of TechnologyChengdu, SichuanChina
  4. 4.H&S ConsultingVancouverCanada

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