Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1821–1833, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1821-2015
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1821–1833, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1821-2015

Research article 18 Aug 2015

Research article | 18 Aug 2015

Regional trends and controlling factors of fatal landslides in Latin America and the Caribbean

S. A. Sepúlveda and D. N. Petley

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We compiled a data set of 611 fatal landslides in the 2004-2013 period in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 11631 fatalities recorded. Our analysis suggests that on a continental scale the mapped factors that best explain the observed distribution are topography, annual precipitation and population density. Analysis of research on countries affected by fatal landslides shows a landslide research deficit in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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