Geotechnical and Structural Failures Due to Heavy Rainfall of Mindulle Typhoon in Taiwan

  • Jieh-Jiuh Wang
  • Hoe I. Ling
Conference paper
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 146)


On July 2, 2004, a 2000-kilometer southwest air current, following the Mindulle Typhoon, caused serious harms to Taiwan. Though this event did not trigger off the most serious damages, the disaster resulted in extensive geological and structural failures. Some of the observations and causes of failures were identified. This case history showed significant implications to future disaster prevention and management works with the hope that it will attract new challenges for geotechnical engineering in solving rainfall-induced failures.


Debris Flow Heavy Rainfall Pore Water Pressure Bearing Capacity Excess Pore Pressure 
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  1. Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University (2004) Reconnaissance Report— Disaster Investigation following the Mindulle (July 2) Typhoon. Taipei: Public Construction Commission, Taiwan.Google Scholar
  2. Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan:
  3. National Fire Administration, MOI, Taiwan:

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jieh-Jiuh Wang
    • 1
  • Hoe I. Ling
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering MechanicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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