Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
17 May 2017
Research article |  | 17 May 2017

Examining the impact of lahars on buildings using numerical modelling

Stuart R. Mead, Christina Magill, Vincent Lemiale, Jean-Claude Thouret, and Mahesh Prakash


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (22 Mar 2017) by Giovanni Macedonio
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ED: Publish as is (14 Apr 2017) by Giovanni Macedonio
Short summary
Volcanic mudflows, called lahars, can cause large amounts of damage to buildings. In this research we developed a method to estimate lahar-induced building damage based on the height, speed and amount of volcanic material in the lahar. This method was applied to a small region in Arequipa, Peru, where computer models were used to estimate the number of buildings affected by lahars. The research found that building location and the size of the flow are most important in determining damage.
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