, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1147–1157 | Cite as

A seismically triggered landslide dam in Honshiyan, Yunnan, China: from emergency management to hydropower potential

  • Shaojie Zhang
  • Xiangping Xie
  • Fangqiang WeiEmail author
  • Sergey Chernomorets
  • Dmitry Petrakov
  • Irina Pavlova
  • Ricardo Delgado Tellez
Recent Landslides


At 16:30 (Beijing time) on August 3rd, 2014, an Ms 6.5 earthquake occurred in Ludian County in Yunnan Province, China. The Ludian earthquake triggered a collapse in Chapingzi, right bank of the Niulanjiang River, and a landslide in Hongshiyan at the left bank on the same location. These events occurred 1.5 km downstream of the Hongshiyan hydropower station. Debris deposits from the collapse and the landslide blocked the river channel and formed a landslide dam. In this study, the Hongshiyan landslide dam induced by the Ludian earthquake was chosen as the study case to discuss integrated landslide dam management and its potential hydropower uses. After emergency management measures are carried out, further analysis shows the outflow through the Hongshiyan landslide dam is manageable, which indicate safety issues are controllable. Two management schemes are discussed in this paper: one that uses the Hongshiyan landslide dam for power generation and one that removes the debris deposit. The result shows that using the strengthened landslide dam for power generation is feasible and economically sound. This research estimate a capital recovery period of approximately 3 to 4 years with an investment-return ration of 1:40, which is considered a significant economic benefit.


Ludian earthquake Landslide Landslide dam Stable assessment Hydroelectric power 



This research is supported by the Cooperation Project between Governments of China and Russia (Grant No. CR17-2) and RFBR (Grant No. 14-05-00768).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaojie Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiangping Xie
    • 2
  • Fangqiang Wei
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  • Sergey Chernomorets
    • 3
  • Dmitry Petrakov
    • 3
  • Irina Pavlova
    • 4
  • Ricardo Delgado Tellez
    • 2
    • 6
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Mountain Hazards and Earth Surface Process, Chinese Academy of SciencesChengduChina
  2. 2.Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of SciencesChengduChina
  3. 3.Faculty of GeographyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  5. 5.Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of ScienceChongqingChina
  6. 6.Nipe Sagua Baracoa Mountain Office, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of CubaGuantanamoCuba

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