China’s 7.9 Earthquake Blamed On Dam

February 3, 2009

China (ChattahBox) – The devastating earthquake that occurred in Sichuan in 2008, killing more then 80,000 people, has been blamed on the large Zipingpu dam.

According to both Chinese, and American, scientists, the dam that holds more then 315 millions tons of water back from the main water line, may have caused a problem as the weight of the water pressed down to the base rock beneath, creating a series of small reactions that led to the 7.9 earthquake.

It was a threat that the government had been warned repeatedly against, as construction of this, and many other dams, began.

“I not only opposed the construction of Zipingpu, but also the over development of the reservoirs on Minjiang River,” Fan Xiao, the chief engineer at Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau, said.

“There are ten major reservoirs on the main river, 29 on its tributaries and a lot more smaller-scale reservoirs, all of which block the flow of the entire river, and are very hazardous to the local geology.”

A full investigation into the matter has been launched, although the government still refuses to take responsibility for the dam, or the earthquake, insisting that recent studies are wrong.


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One Response to “China’s 7.9 Earthquake Blamed On Dam”

  1. Trash on February 6th, 2009 3:47 pm

    So L.A.’s earthquake was caused by Golden Bridge, right?

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