Title: Characteristics and risk analysis of debris flow movement in a strong earthquake area - Sichuan earthquake stricken area as an example

Authors: Xindong Ding; Xinming Cao

Addresses: School of Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong 266100, China ' School of Civil Engineering, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou 550025, China

Abstract: It is very likely that debris flow will break out in a strong earthquake area under the stimulation of a large-scale rainfall, and its risk needs to be analysed. This study analysed the debris flow in a single gully in Wenchuan, introduced the natural environment, geological conditions, and travel conditions and movement characteristics of debris flow in Wenchuan, and then analysed the risk of debris flow using two methods. It was found from the results of a risk calculation based on evaluation factors that the risk of the study area was 0.76, which was high. It was found from the results of a risk calculation based on intensity that the debris flow in the study area had XL level risk, which needed long-term control and monitoring. The research results verify the high risk of debris flow in a strong earthquake area and provide some theoretical bases for debris flow control in that area.

Keywords: debris flow; earthquake; movement characteristics; risk analysis; Sichuan province.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2021.113774

International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2021 Vol.11 No.1, pp.30 - 38

Received: 17 Jun 2020
Accepted: 04 Jul 2020

Published online: 22 Mar 2021 *

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