Analysis of the Aso-Bridge landslide during the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan

Ching Hung, Guan Wei Lin, Huei Sian Syu, Chi Wen Chen, Hsin Yi Yen

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In 2016, earthquakes occurred beneath Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu Region of Japan and generated numerous landslides around the city, and among those triggered in this disastrous event, the Aso-Bridge landslide was the largest. For the purpose of examining the behavior of this large-scale landslide during the main shock of the Kumamoto earthquakes, we conducted a study involving simplified sliding block concepts and finite element codes, and conclude that (a) the slope of the Aso-Bridge landslide (about 710 m high and with a dip angle of 33 °) is marginally stable in the absence of earthquakes; (b) the failure surface obtained using finite element codes is in satisfactory agreement with that of the actual failure surface;

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1439-1449
Number of pages11
JournalBulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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