Lahar triggered by heavy rainfall after an eruption

Lahar triggered by heavy rainfall after an eruption...

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Leading edge of a debris flow triggered by heavy rain crashes down the Jiangjia Gully in China. The flow front is about 5 m tall. Such debris flows are common here because there is plenty of easily erodible rock and sediment upstream and intense rainstorms are common during the summer monsoon season. These conditions commonly prevail after eruptions that kill vegetation over extensive areas and spread loose volcanic rocks over the landscape. During subsequent rainy seasons, swollen rivers will erode the new deposits and sometimes generate lahars that are dangerous to people downstream. Even if no lahars occur, the erosion can lead to frequent floods because of the deposition of sediment along the river channels.


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