Evaluating the effect of earthquakes on open pit mine slopes
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Among a few earthquake-induced failure instances in open pit mine slopes, none were significant enough to be recorded as causing operational interruptions or injuries. However, there have been a significant number of intense earthquake-triggered natural slope and tailing dam failures which caused serious damages, injuries and death. This research addresses this dichotomy through studies of earthquakes and associated geological parameters on 177 open pit mines, 95 natural slope failures and 37 tailing dam failures, all over the world. The earthquake parameters include magnitude, epi-central ...