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Adv. Geosci., 14, 159-164, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-14-159-2008
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02 Jan 2008
On the historical account of disastrous landslides in Mexico: the challenge of risk management and disaster prevention
I. Alcántara-Ayala Departamento de Geografía Física, Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México
Abstract. Landslides disasters in Mexico caused more than 3500 deaths between 1935 and 2006. Such disasters have been mainly associated to intense precipitation events derived from hurricanes, tropical storms and their interactions with cold fronts, although earthquake triggered landslides have also occurred to a lesser extent. The impact of landsliding in Mexico is basically determined by the geomorphic features of mountain ranges and dissected plateaus inhabited by vulnerable communities. The present contribution provides a comprehensive temporal assessment of historical landslide disasters in Mexico. Moreover, it aims at exploring the future directions of risk management and disaster prevention, in order to reduce the impact of landslides on populations as a result of climatic change, urban sprawl, land use change and social vulnerability.

Citation: Alcántara-Ayala, I.: On the historical account of disastrous landslides in Mexico: the challenge of risk management and disaster prevention, Adv. Geosci., 14, 159-164, https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-14-159-2008, 2008.
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