Dams and Earthquakes

Frequent afterschocks fracture Yangtze River levee

Epoch Times
July 23, 2002

The 385 aftershocks that followed the Nov. 26 Jiangxi earthquake have opened cracks, some about three inches wide, in the Jiujiang embankment, Epoch Times reports.

(excerpt)

After a magnitude 5.7 earthquake jolted Jiangxi Province, China, on November 26, the region was hit with 385 aftershocks over the next two days. The aftershocks fractured the Yangtze River levee at Jiujiang. A hole nearly 6,500 square feet in size appeared near the Changhe levee on one of the biggest branches of the Yangtze River. The same stretch of the levee was also damaged in 1998, and former Premier Zhu Rongji called the construction a “tofu crumb project,” noting that the construction company had used poor quality and inadequate materials in order to maximize their profits. Analysts pointed out that because the natural floodway areas along the Yangtze River have been completely destroyed, the River is very dangerous. Earthquakes in the region could also threaten the Three Gorges Dam, which is slated to be the largest dam in the world. A total of 385 aftershocks were recorded between 8:49 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. on November 28 after the main shock on November 26. Chinese officials say that the earthquake is the largest one to hit the Jiujiang area since 1911.

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