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Dam Caused Quake?


Feb 7 2009, 03:29 AM (Post #1)
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BEIJING — Nearly nine months after a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, left 80,000 people dead or missing, a growing number of American and Chinese scientists are suggesting that the calamity was triggered by a four-year-old reservoir built close to the earthquake’s geological fault line.

A Columbia University scientist who studied the quake has said that it may have been triggered by the weight of 320 million tons of water in the Zipingpu Reservoir less than a mile from a well-known major fault. His conclusions, presented to the American Geophysical Union in December, coincide with a new finding by Chinese geophysicists that the dam caused significant seismic changes before the earthquake.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/as...quake.html?_r=1

What do you think this will mean in the long run for Chinese industrial safety/inspection, and how will the government respond?
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Feb 7 2009, 04:19 AM (Post #2)
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The energy was there. Something was going to release it. If you compress a spring, do you blame its sudden explosion on your compressing it, or do you blame it on someone who surprised you and caused you to let go? The actual energy comes from your compressing it, although the thing that triggered it was someone causing you to release the spring.

Same thing here. Continental plates have been moving since eternity. The water just acted as the trigger right now.
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Feb 7 2009, 07:43 PM (Post #3)
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I don't think someone guessing that a damn caused a earthquake is going to make anyone do anything. It's not the kind of argument that makes people get off thier asses and make change.
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