Slider-Block Friction Model for Landslides: Implication for Prediction of Mountain Collapse


Accelerating displacements preceding some catastrophic landslides has been found empirically to follow a time-to-failure power law, corresponding to a finite-time singularity of the velocity v ∼ 1/(tc − t) [Voight, 1988]. Here, we provide a physical basis for this phenomenological law based on a slider-block model using a state and velocity dependent… (More)


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