Sichuan Earthquake

International Rivers on NPR "To The Point" about China Quake

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Listen to Aviva Imhof, International Rivers' Campaigns Director, talk to Warren Olney of National Public Radio’s “To The Point” about the fate of the Zipingpu Dam after the massive earthquake in China on May 12, 2008. While Chinese authorities are now saying the dam and its reservoir are safe, Imhof suggests such reassurances may be premature.

China: Troops Rush to Plug Dam Cracks

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Originally published on Yahoo News DUJIANGYAN, China - Hundreds of dams around the epicenter of China's earthquake have been damaged and Chinese troops scrambled Wednesday to plug cracks and open sluices to prevent flooding of already devastated communities.The National Development Reform Commission, China's top economic planning body, said the earthquake had damaged 391 dams. It said two of the dams were large ones, 28 were medium-sized and the rest were small ones.The official Xinhua News Agency said 2,000 troops were sent to work on the Zipingpu dam, which lies on about 6 miles up the Min r

Sichuan Earthquake Damages Dams, May Be Dam-Induced

Zipingpu Dam, Sep. 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Zipingpu Dam, Sep. 14, 2007 AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image The tragic Sichuan Earthquake of May 12, 2008, which killed an estimated 80,000 civilians, also damaged hundreds of dams in Sichuan Province. Soon after the earthquake struck, the Chinese government reported that at least 391 dams had been damaged in the quake, including major cracks on the largest dam in the area, the Zipingpu Dam. Since then, the Ministry of Water Resources has reported that as many as 2,380 dams were damaged in the earthquake. Scientists in China and the US also fear that the earthquake may have been induced by th

China: Dam Feared Quake-Damaged Safe

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Originally published on SICHUAN PROVINCE, China (CNN) -- China's death toll from a massive earthquake soared by thousands Wednesday as troops rushed to plug "severe cracks" in a dam upriver from one of the hardest hit cities. About 2,000 troops were sent to work on a dam near the epicenter of Monday's earthquake, state-run media reported. The Ministry of Water Resources said that an irrigation system and Dujiangyan City -- which has a population of about 630,000 -- "would be swamped," if major problems emerged at the dam, said. The Zi


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