(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.
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.
(June 11, 2008) While earthquake damage sustained by the country’s dams may pose serious threats, many are turning to the dams themselves for explanations. Probe International Fellow Dai Qing says: “We must look carefully at the questions: How do dams impact earthquakes? How do earthquakes impact dams?”
(June 11, 2008) China has insisted it will not allow corruption to infect its huge earthquake reconstruction effort, but one month after the disaster not everyone is convinced reality will match the pledge.
Controversial Zipingpu dam may have caused China’s deadly earthquake, says Chinese geologist Fan Xiao
(June 10, 2008) The chief engineer of the Regional Geology Investigation Team of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau talks about the possibility that the Zipingpu dam induced China’s deadly May 12 earthquake.
(June 9, 2008) Engineers in China attempt to drain significant amounts of water from the earthquake-formed Tangjiashan Lake.
(June 6, 2008) The possibility of flooding from the Tangjiashan "quake lake," caused by China’s May 12 earthquake, increased Thursday even as water levels rose steadily to the point where engineers believe they may be able to open a drainage sluice.
(June 5, 2008) U.S. engineer Dr. Philip Williams has added his voice to concerns expressed by a Chinese expert that the Zipingpu reservoir, now cracked and damaged as a result of China’s devastating May 12 earthquake, could actually have induced the earthquake.
(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.
(June 4, 2008) Wired magazine lists building a dam as the one of the top five ways to cause a man-made earthquake, linking to recent Three Gorges Probe article "China’s deadly earthquake: Was the Three Gorges reservoir a trigger?"
(June 2, 2008) The Three Gorges Dam remains safe from the May 12 quake that hit Sichuan province, a senior dam official said Sunday.
(June 1, 2008) Chinese soldiers and engineers have completed a spillway from an earthquake-created lake that was threatening to burst its banks in the central county of Beichuan, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
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(May 31, 2008) Read here about the effect of earthquakes on dams… and vice versa.
(May 31, 2008) The Richter scale provides an objective way of measuring and comparing the size of earthquakes using a mathematical device.