• Benni Thiebes
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On the 8th of August 2010 a devastating mudslide occurred in the Chinese Gansu Province after floods and torrential rainfall. Several landslides were triggered by intense rainfall, transported gravel and mud into the river and built up a temporary dam. The lake behind the dam grew to a length of 3 km before it finally broke. An estimated 1.8 million cubic meter of debris swept through three towns in Zhouqu county destroying homes and burying the area in mud several meters deep. More than 10,000 soldiers and rescue staff members were send to aid. According to the total death toll of the mudslide event was 1,471 with several hundreds of people still missing.


Early Warning Mass Movement Early Warning System Torrential Rainfall Slow Moving Landslide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benni Thiebes
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and Regional ResearchUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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