Santa Lucía landslide disaster, Chaitén-Chile, The : origin and effects
On December 16, 2017, a rockslide was triggered in the headwaters of the Burrito River (Chaitén district, 43.4° SL) which produced debris and mud flows that flooded Villa Santa Lucía, destroying half of the town’s urban area. These mass wasting events covered an area of 3 square-kilometers on Rute 7 and 1 square-kilometer on Rute 235, which resulted in twenty-one fatalities and one person still missing. The rockslide was produced by an intense rainfall which took place on the 15th and 16th of December, same year. The rainfall’s measured depth totaled 122.8 mm in only 24 hours, with a high isotherm ...
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