Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 989–1007, 2019
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 989–1007, 2019

Research article 25 Oct 2019

Research article | 25 Oct 2019

Seismic location and tracking of snow avalanches and slush flows on Mt. Fuji, Japan

Cristina Pérez-Guillén et al.

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Short summary
Avalanches and slush flows from Mt. Fuji are a major natural hazard as they may attain run-out distances of up to 4 km and destroy parts of the forest and infrastructure. We located and tracked them for the first time using seismic data. Numerical simulations were conducted to assess the precision of the seismic tracking. We also inferred dynamical properties characterizing these hazardous mass movements. This information is indispensable for assessing avalanche risk in the Mt. Fuji region.