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1 Landslide Warning: Development of the Hong Kong System Major Landslide at Maracas, Trinidad - Late December 2002.

2 Why Do Landslides Occur? Slope Profile Geology Material Properties Water Ground Water Surface Water

3 Survey the Profile Test Material Properties Estimate / measure where water table is. Analyse Stability using Infinite Slope Method of Slices How can we predict whether a Landslide will occur? > Factor of Safety if < 1 slope is likely to fail if > 1 slope should be stable

4 Is it realistic to do a full analysis on all Landslides to this detail? In some critical cases …….YES Impossible to analyse all slopes under prevailing climatic conditions to give adequate warning Some Questions

5 Injury Death Economic Loss Disruption to Transport Links Consequences of Landslides Landslide Warnings. Categorise slopes Landslide Preventative Measures (LPM) Historically: Reactive Approach to Landslides From 1977 became pro-active Hong Kong Approach

6 Serious/Disaster Landslide Events Number of Landslides as reported in South China Morning Post Significant Landslide Events while NKT was in Hong Kong

7 Significant Landslide Events in 1982 in Hong Kong. N. K. Tovey arrived in Hong Kong on 26th March 1982 Disaster

8 Landslides in Kowloon East 28th - 31st May 1982

9 Frequency of Landslide Incidents

10 Requirements of A Landslide Warning System It should: 1) provide sufficient warning of an event to alert general public to mobilise Emergency Services to open temporary Shelters 2) predict IN ADVANCE all serious EVENTS 3) minimise number of false alarms Three criteria can be in conflict: How long should warning be? Longer the time, the less accurate will be prediction

11 Two Approaches 1. Detailed Warning - e.g. 1. Conduit Road 2. Warning based solely on Rainfall automatic piezometer gives warning when ground water level gets above a critical level as determined by Slope Stability Analysis Aim to give warning when a significant number of landslides are likely to occur. (>10) Background to Warning System

12 Disaster Minor Severe Categorisation of Landslide Events by Lumb (1975) Data points coloured RED and GREEN occurred after Lumbs Paper

13 20 hours 4 hours Landslip Prediction Criteria (LPC) Warning Time (WT) (Rainfall predicted to reach LPC in 4 hours) Cumulative Rainfall Actual Cumulative Rainfall Predicted Cumulative Rainfall Landslip Time (LT) (The time when first landslip is reported to FSD). Criteria Time (CT) The time when LPC are actually reached. Rainfall Profile and Onset of Landslides

14 Are Slopes more susceptible to failure if there has been prolonged rainfall? How should Antecedent rainfall Conditions be incorporated. Lumb (1975) - 15-day antecedent conditions. charts for Warning Purposes based both on Rainfall on Day AND Antecedent conditions. Most simple model uses simple cumulative 15-day antecedent rainfall. Could use a weighted system with days more distant weighted less. Lumb favoured simple approach. ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS.

15 Day 24 – hour criteria Cumulative Rainfall over previous 15 days Cummulative Rainfall Basis of Lumbs Predictor

16 km N Semi-Automatic Gauges (Royal Observatory) Automatic Gauges (GCO) Automatic Gauges (Royal Observatory) Built up areas Distribution of Automatic Rain Gauges in Hong Kong (mid 1984)

17 First Landslide Warning System ( ) AMBER and RED Warnings issued when predicted 24 hour rainfall would plot above relevant line. A Problem: Difficult to use without direct access to Chart.

18 Landslide Warning System 2: ( mid 1983) Advantage: Much easier to identify whether WARNING should be called - even when chart is not to hand.

19 Landslide Warning: 1/82 Issued at 09:00 on 29/05/82 Landslides reported: Total: 223 Squatters: Antecedent Rainfall in previous 15 days (mm) Rainfall on Landslip Day (mm) Landslide Event th May 1982

20 Landslide Warning: 1/82 Issued at 09:00 on 29/05/82 Landslides reported: Total: 223 Squatters: Antecedent Rainfall in previous 15 days (mm) Rainfall on Landslip Day (mm) Landslide Event th May 1982 Even with 24hr day plotting, the plot for 29th May should have been as follows

21 Landslide Warning: 1/82 Issued at 09:00 on 29/05/82 Landslides reported: Total: 223 Squatters: Antecedent Rainfall in previous 15 days (mm) Rainfall on Landslip Day (mm) Situation with running 24 hr criterion Landslide Event th May 1982 Criterion was reached at approx 03:00 BUT 1st Landslide was reported at 02:00 when rainfall was about 220mm Even if Warning procedure has been operated correctly, warning would have been 1 hour too late!

22 Landslide Warning: 1/82 Issued at 09:00 on 29/05/82 Landslides reported: Total: 223 Squatters: LW 2/82 06:15 – 31/05/82 Total: 91/ Sq: 40 LW 4/82 11:00 – 03/08/82 Total: 9 Sq: 5 LW 6/82 06:35 – 18/08/82* Total: 8 Sq: 2 LW 3/82 11:00 – 02/06/82* Total: 28/Sq: 12 LW 5/82 05:50 – 16/08/82 Total: 98 Sq: 32 LW 7/82 23:52 – 16/09/82 Total: 3 Sq: Antecedent Rainfall in previous 15 days (mm) All Landslide Warning Incidents in 1982

23 Performance of All LandSlip Warnings Red Landslides with No Warning! Green Landslide Warnings with Several Hours Warning Blue Landslide Warnings with 1 Hour Warning

24 All Rainstorm Events: Daily Rainfall vs Antecedent Rainfall Disastrous > 50 reported Landslides: Severe Landslides Minor < 10 Landslides : Null Event: No reported Landslides Criteria for low antecedent rainfall reduced to conform to actual 1st landslide in Event 1/82

25 Landslide Warnings: The Problems 1. Antecedent Condition leads to confusion - (Incident 1/82) 2. Must use rolling 24 hour scheme 3. Previous Analysis (e.g. Lumb) has been based on 24 hr day basis 4. Total Rainfall in day will not generally be a good correlator as final cumulative 24 hr rainfall (whether day or rolling) will occur AFTER Landslides have occurred. 5. Some Landslides Events will occur after very low Antecedent Rainfall 6. Some Landslides Events occur after short periods of very intense rainfall. 7. It is difficult to predict with accuracy future rainfall. Is it sensible to continue with Antecedent Rainfall Condition??

26 Landslide Warnings: The Final Approach 1. Abolish Antecedent Criteria - base solely on Rolling 24hr approach. 2. When Rainfall exceeds 100 mm in a period of 24 hours and is expected to exceed 175 mm (total) within 4 hours: CONSIDER issuing a LANDSLIDE WARNING. If weather conditions suggest that Rainfall will cease shortly then issue could be delayed. 3. If Rainfall exceeds 175 mm then Landslides are likely and Warning should now be issued regardless of whether rain is likely to cease shortly 4. Landslide Warning should be issued regardless of above if rainfall in any one hour exceeds 70 mm in any one hour in Urban Area.

27 Existing Criteria Line - in use mid mid 1984 Warning and Landslide Lines in use from mid 1984 Severe and Disastrous Landslide Events: with 1984 Scheme

28 The 1984 Warning Scheme Is simple to understand On average there would be Warnings in a Year up to one third would be false alarms two-thirds would identify all serious/disastrous events correctly although half of the events would have less than 10 Landslides and thus be classified as minor. Has the option of Selected Warnings. i.e. Warning Issued locally if 10 or more Automatic Gauges in Urban Area meet criteria or a single gauge in New Territories. BUT - first use of New Scheme…………….. Improvements to Selected Warning Schemes were introduced in 1999


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