Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
22 May 2017
Research article |  | 22 May 2017

Anomalous winter-snow-amplified earthquake-induced disaster of the 2015 Langtang avalanche in Nepal

Koji Fujita, Hiroshi Inoue, Takeki Izumi, Satoru Yamaguchi, Ayako Sadakane, Sojiro Sunako, Kouichi Nishimura, Walter W. Immerzeel, Joseph M. Shea, Rijan B. Kayastha, Takanobu Sawagaki, David F. Breashears, Hiroshi Yagi, and Akiko Sakai


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (13 Mar 2017) by Perry Bartelt
AR by Koji Fujita on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2017)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (12 Apr 2017) by Perry Bartelt
AR by Koji Fujita on behalf of the Authors (12 Apr 2017)
Short summary
We create multiple DEMs from photographs taken by helicopter and UAV and reveal the deposit volumes over the Langtang village, which was destroyed by avalanches induced by the Gorkha earthquake. Estimated snow depth in the source area is consistent with anomalously large snow depths observed at a neighboring glacier. Comparing with a long-term observational data, we conclude that this anomalous winter snow amplified the disaster induced by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal.
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