Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1929–1943, 2013

Special issue: Approaches and methods to improve risk management in volcanic...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1929–1943, 2013

Research article 01 Aug 2013

Research article | 01 Aug 2013

A method for multi-hazard mapping in poorly known volcanic areas: an example from Kanlaon (Philippines)

M. Neri1, G. Le Cozannet2, P. Thierry2, C. Bignami3, and J. Ruch4 M. Neri et al.
  • 1Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
  • 2Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, Orléans, France
  • 3Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Centro Nazionale Terremoti, Rome, Italy
  • 4Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

Abstract. Hazard mapping in poorly known volcanic areas is complex since much evidence of volcanic and non-volcanic hazards is often hidden by vegetation and alteration. In this paper, we propose a semi-quantitative method based on hazard event tree and multi-hazard map constructions developed in the frame of the FP7 MIAVITA project. We applied this method to the Kanlaon volcano (Philippines), which is characterized by poor geologic and historical records. We combine updated geological (long-term) and historical (short-term) data, building an event tree for the main types of hazardous events at Kanlaon and their potential frequencies. We then propose an updated multi-hazard map for Kanlaon, which may serve as a working base map in the case of future unrest. The obtained results extend the information already contained in previous volcanic hazard maps of Kanlaon, highlighting (i) an extensive, potentially active ~5 km long summit area striking north–south, (ii) new morphological features on the eastern flank of the volcano, prone to receiving volcanic products expanding from the summit, and (iii) important riverbeds that may potentially accumulate devastating mudflows. This preliminary study constitutes a basis that may help local civil defence authorities in making more informed land use planning decisions and in anticipating future risk/hazards at Kanlaon. This multi-hazard mapping method may also be applied to other poorly known active volcanoes.