The Loess Plateau of China is the most concentrated and largest loess area on Earth. Shanxi Province lies in the eastern margin of the Loess Plateau and is one of the regions with the worst serious soil erosion and most fragile ecological environment in the world. On March 15, 2019, a landslide hit Xiangning County in Shanxi Province in northern China and resulted in heavy casualties. This paper mainly gives an introduction about the catastrophe, causes, and related emergency response.
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The authors would like to thank financial supports by the Project funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2017M611199); Qualified Personnel Foundation of Taiyuan University of Technology (No. tyut-rc201518a); Natural Science Foundation for Young Scientists of Shanxi Province (No. 201901D211007); Scientific and Technological Innovation Programs of Higher Education Institutions in Shanxi (No. 2019L0340). We also acknowledge the editor for the valuable suggestion.
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Zhao, B., Zhao, Y.Q. Investigation and analysis of the Xiangning landslide in Shanxi Province, China. Nat Hazards 103, 3837–3845 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04109-2