Earthquake-triggered increase in sediment delivery from an active mountain belt

Dadson, Simon J.; Hovius, Niels; Chen, Hongey; Dade, W. Brian; Lin, Jiun-Chuan; Hsu, Mei-Ling; Lin, Ching-Weei; Horng, Ming-Jame; Chen, Tien-Chien; Milliman, John; Stark, Colin P.. 2004 Earthquake-triggered increase in sediment delivery from an active mountain belt. Geology, 32 (8). 733.

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In tectonically active mountain belts, earthquake-triggered landslides deliver large amounts of sediment to rivers. We quantify the geomorphic impact of the 1999 Mw 7.6 Chi-Chi earthquake in Taiwan, which triggered >20,000 landslides. Coseismic weakening of substrate material caused increased landsliding during subsequent typhoons. Most coseismic landslides remained confined to hillslopes. Downslope transport of sediment into the channel network occurred during later storms. The sequential processes have led to a factor-of-four increase in unit sediment concentration in rivers draining the epicentral area and increased the magnitude and frequency of hyperpycnal sediment delivery to the ocean. Four years after the earthquake, rates of hillslope mass wasting remain elevated in the epicentral area.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA01 Water extremes > WA01.3 Quantification of uncertainties, trends and risk of extremes
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Harding (to July 2011)
ISSN: 0091-7613
Additional Keywords: earthquakes, landslides, typhoons, sediment supply, fluvial erosion rates, Taiwan
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 21 Apr 2011 11:03 +0 (UTC)

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