The October 13, 2020, deadly rapid landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Phong Dien, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam


At about 12:00 a.m., on October 13, 2020, a rapid rotational landslide induced by rainfall swept over Ranger Station-7 in Phong Xuan commune, Phong Dien district, Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam, claiming the lives of 13 rescue team members. This paper presents an overview of the fatal landslide at Ranger Station-7. The analysis indicates that the entire landslide had a volume of approximately 81,550 m3. The observed topographical features indicate that the landslide mass consists of lower and upper blocks. The lower block of the landslide mass started sliding first; the movement was then followed by the slide of the upper block.

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The authors are grateful to Assoc. Prof. Vu Cao Minh (Institute of Geological Sciences, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology) and Assoc. Prof. Do Dinh Toat (Institute of Geotechnology and Environment) for their valuable suggestions on this study.


This research is funded by the Graduate University of Science and Technology under grant number GUST.STS.ĐT2020-KHTĐ01.

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Van Tien, P., Trinh, P.T., Luong, L.H. et al. The October 13, 2020, deadly rapid landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Phong Dien, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam. Landslides 18, 2329–2333 (2021).

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