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Volume 14 | Copyright
Adv. Geosci., 14, 159-164, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-14-159-2008
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  02 Jan 2008

02 Jan 2008

On the historical account of disastrous landslides in Mexico: the challenge of risk management and disaster prevention

I. Alcántara-Ayala 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.

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