New Geo-Hazard System to Map Landslides

9 07 2007

The Philippine islands experience tropical monsoon and an annual average of 20 cyclones. Along with the fact that they sit on the geologically unstable Pacific ‘ring of fire’, means that earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides are frequent.

However, engineers have devised a new system to determine an area’s landslide risk, which they hope will improve building codes and mitigate against landslides in mountainous tropical regions hit by monsoons.

“Once geological hazards are properly identified and characterised, their effects can be mitigated, if not eliminated, by preventive engineering measures,” said Neoman De la Cruz, regional director of the Philippine Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

From SciDev.net.
Read the whole article here.

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