Landslide at Su-Hua Highway 115.9k triggered by Typhoon Megi in Taiwan

Chia Ming Lo*, Ching Fang Lee, Hsien Ter Chou, Ming Lang Lin

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This study focused on the landslide case at Su-Hua Highway 115.9k, Taiwan. A preliminary investigation was conducted on geomorphologic features change and landslide mechanisms using digital elevation models, geographical maps, and remote sensing images at different times in conjunction with geological surveys and analysis results. Using the results of geological surveys and physical model experiments, we constructed a discrete element method to simulate the process of landslide movement. The results revealed deformation in the metamorphic rock slopes upstream of 115.9k. The slopes around the erosion gully upstream presented visible slope toes cutting and tension cracks at the crest as well as unstable rock masses. According to the results of numerical simulation for typhoon Megi event, intense rains could induce slippage in the rock debris/masses in the source area, initially at a speed of 5-20 m/s. Subsequently, steeper terrain could cause the rock debris/masses to accelerate to form a high-speed (>30 m/s) debris slide quickly moving downstream to form an alluvial fan downstream by the sea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Discrete element method
  • Geological surveys
  • Landslide mechanism
  • Su-Hua Highway 115.9k
  • The process of landslide movement


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