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Volume 14, issue 3 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 545-556, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-545-2014
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Research article 10 Mar 2014

Research article | 10 Mar 2014

Landslide and slope stability evaluation in the historical town of Kruja, Albania

Y. Muceku and O. Korini Y. Muceku and O. Korini
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Epoka University, Tirana, Albania

Abstract. This paper describes landslides and slope stability evaluation in the urban area of Kruja, Albania. Kruja is a historical and heritage center, due to the existence of many important cultural monuments, including "Skanderbeg" castle and Bazaar square, etc. The urban area of Kruja has been affected by landslide effects, in the past and also the present. From this phenomenon many engineering objects such as buildings, roads, etc., are damaged and demolished. From engineering geological mapping at scale 1:5000 it is observed that many active landslides have dramatically increased in activity since the 1980s. The landslide types found in the studied area are earthslides, debris flow, as well as rockfall and rock rolling. Also, from field works and laboratory analysis, the slope stability of the whole urban area has been determined; for this purpose the studied zone is divided into stable and unstable areas, which helps to better understand mass movement activity as one of the most harmful hazards of geodynamic phenomena.

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