Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 601–612 | Cite as

GIS-based evaluation on the fault motion-induced coseismic landslides

  • Ming-Wey Huang
  • Chien-Yuan ChenEmail author
  • Tzu-Hsiu Wu
  • Chi-Ling Chang
  • Sheu-Yien Liu
  • Ching-Yun Kao


Earthquake-induced potential landslides are commonly estimated using landslide susceptibility maps. Nevertheless, the fault location is not identified and the ground motion caused by it is unavailable in the map. Thus, potential coseismic landslides for a specific fault motion-induced earthquake could not be predicted using the map. It is meaningful to incorporate the fault location and ground motion characteristics into the landslide predication model. A new method for a specific fault motion-induced coseismic landslide prediction model using GIS (Geographic Information System) is proposed herein. Location of mountain ridges, slope gradients over 45o, PVGA (Peak Vertical Ground Accelerations) exceeded 0.15 g, and PHGA (Peak Horizontal Ground Accelerations) exceeded 0.25 g of slope units were representing locations that initiated landslides during the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake in Taiwan. These coseismic landslide characteristics were used to identify areas where landslides occurred during Meishan fault motion-induced strong ground motions in Chiayi County in Taiwan. The strong ground motion (over 8 Gal in the database, 1 Gal = 0.01 m/s2, and 1 g = 981 Gal) characteristics were evaluated by the fault length, site distance to the fault, and topography, and their attenuation relations are presented in GIS. The results of the analysis show that coseismic landslide areas could be identified promptly using GIS. The earthquake intensity and focus depth have visible effects on ground motion. The shallower the focus depth, the larger the magnitude increase of the landslides. The GIS-based landslide predication method is valuable combining the geomorphic characteristics and ground motion attenuation relationships for a potential region landslide hazard assessment and in disaster mitigation planning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming-Wey Huang
    • 1
  • Chien-Yuan Chen
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tzu-Hsiu Wu
    • 1
  • Chi-Ling Chang
    • 1
  • Sheu-Yien Liu
    • 1
  • Ching-Yun Kao
    • 3
  1. 1.Science & Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)Sindian District, New Taipei CityChinese Taipei
  2. 2.Department of Civil & Water Resources EngineeringChiayi UniversityChiayi CityChinese Taipei
  3. 3.Institute of Industrial Safety & Disaster PreventionChia Nan University of Pharmacy and ScienceTainan CityChinese Taipei

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