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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 703-719, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-703-2017
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Research article
17 May 2017
Examining the impact of lahars on buildings using numerical modelling
Stuart R. Mead et al.

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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.
Volcanic mudflows, called lahars, can cause large amounts of damage to buildings. In this...
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