Articles | Volume 7, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 829–839, 2019
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 829–839, 2019
Research article
02 Sep 2019
Research article | 02 Sep 2019

Seismic and geologic controls on spatial clustering of landslides in three large earthquakes

Claire Rault et al.

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Large earthquakes trigger thousands of landslides in the area of their epicentre. For three earthquake cases, we have determined the position of these landslides along hillslopes. These co-seismic landslides tend to cluster at ridge crests and slope toes. We show that crest clustering is specific to seismic triggering. But although co-seismic landslides locate higher in the landscape than rainfall-induced landslides, geological features strongly modulate their position along the hillslopes.