Risks created by dams in earthquake zones

Dams Reported Damaged as Soldiers Reach Quake’s Center

NY Times Report:

CHENGDU, China — The possibility of far worse damage from Monday’s earthquake loomed Wednesday after a Chinese government report said that nearly 400 dams suffered damage. State media reported that 2,000 soldiers were sent to try to plug “very dangerous” cracks in one, upriver from the hard-hit Sichuan city of Dujiangyan, official media said.

Courtesy: New York Times

May 15, 2008