, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 1195–1205

The La Pintada landslide, Guerrero, Mexico: hints from the Pre-Classic to the disasters of modern times

  • Irasema Alcántara-Ayala
  • Ricardo J. Garnica-Peña
  • Leobardo Domínguez-Morales
  • Alberto E. González-Huesca
  • Alberto Calderón-Vega
Recent Landslides

DOI: 10.1007/s10346-017-0808-9

Cite this article as:
Alcántara-Ayala, I., Garnica-Peña, R.J., Domínguez-Morales, L. et al. Landslides (2017) 14: 1195. doi:10.1007/s10346-017-0808-9


A landslide triggered by rainfall derived from hurricane Manuel took place on Independence Day, 16 September 2013, in the small village of La Pintada in Guerrero state, Mexico. There were 78 fatalities, 8 missing persons and 8 injured. Estimated cumulative rainfall in La Pintada during 1–16 September was 278.6 mm. The depth of the failure surface was 8 m in the middle and lower areas and 10–14 m at the top. Landslide volume was estimated at ∼125,000 m3. This paper provides a general account of the factors leading to hillslope instability in the region of La Pintada in terms of hazard understanding and offers a hypothetical view of the historical-cultural aspects of the foundation of the village, as a potential expression of past landslide activity.


La Pintada landslide Rainfall triggered Hurricane Manuel Petroglyphs Granite Mexico 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyNational Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Mexico CityMexico
  2. 2.National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED)Mexico CityMexico
  3. 3.National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)Mexico CityMexico

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