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Rapolla A., Paoletti V., Secomandi M., 2010:


Seismically-induced landslide susceptibility evaluation: application of a new procedure to the island of Ischia, Campania Region, Southern Italy

Engineering Geology, Elsevier, 114, 10–25.




In this paper we present an approach for evaluating landslide susceptibility in seismic areas. It is known that earthquake-induced landslide susceptibility is related to several, often interplaying, factors. Nevertheless, an effective grade-2 zonation should be characterized by a good balance between simplicity, quickness and reliability. The GIS-based procedure we present employs only three factors that we believe are the most significant in this susceptibility assessment: the type of outcropping rocks/soils, the slope angle and the MCS intensity. The local annual  precipitation, certainly an essential factor, is considered here as a parameter whose seasonal pattern is constant in time and space. Each of the three parameters is expressed as a Significance percentage and the resulting Seismic Landslide Susceptibility level of an area is given by the average of the significances of the first two factors multiplied by the significance of the third factor. The procedure was set and tested on the volcanic island of Ischia (southern Italy), which was affected by several historical earthquakeinduced landslides. The results of this susceptibility zonation test at Ischia show a very good match between the distribution of the sources of historical landslides and the areas we identified as the most susceptible ones.