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Research article
20 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 20 Oct 2015

Spatial distributions of earthquake-induced landslides and hillslope preconditioning in the northwest South Island, New Zealand

R. N. Parker, G. T. Hancox, D. N. Petley, C. I. Massey, A. L. Densmore, and N. J. Rosser


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Short summary
Large earthquakes commonly trigger widespread and destructive landsliding. This paper tests the hypothesis that spatial distributions of earthquake-induced landslides are determined by both the conditions at the time of the triggering earthquake and the legacy of past events. Our findings emphasise that a lack of understanding of the legacy of damage in hillslopes potentially represents an important source of uncertainty when assessing regional landslide susceptibility.