Category: Dams and Earthquakes

Fan Xiao addresses dam concerns

(June 19, 2008) In response to many press inquiries about China’s deadly May 12, 2008 earthquake, China’s Fan Xiao, chief engineer of the Regional Geology Investigation Team of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau, answers the following questions.

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Chinese experts appeal to authorities to suspend big dam projects in southwest China following Sichuan’s deadly earthquake

(June 19, 2008) Experts in geology, water conservancy, and environmental protection have jointly appealed to authorities in Beijing to temporarily suspend the approval of big hydro dams in geologically unstable areas in southwest China.

China’s dams in the danger zone

(June 4, 2008) CHINA is no stranger to natural disasters, but it has come a long way in how it deals with them. When a dam collapsed during a typhoon three decades ago, killing more than 80,000 people, it was several years before the outside world knew anything about it. Beijing’s reaction to last month’s earthquake in Sichuan, which is known to have killed nearly 70,000, has been refreshingly different.