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Quakes lakes risk 'slurry tsunami'

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 08:44 PM
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Quakes lakes risk 'slurry tsunami'


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China's scramble to drain the rapidly-rising quake lake at Tangjiashan before it can burst its banks is a nerve-jangling race against time.
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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 08:44 PM
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As if the people of China didn’t have enough to worry about already as a result of the earthquakes.


The deluge would destroy everything in its path, dwarfing the death toll from the 12 May quake in disaster-hit Sichuan province.
The flash flood would reach Mianyang city, 100km (62 miles) away, in just four hours, wiping out a number of towns and villages en route, said Prof Wang.




The vast pools of water were created when the earthquake triggered landslides down plunging valleys, clogging rivers and turning them into fast-rising lakes.



Aftershocks and heavy rainfall make the mammoth round-the-clock task faced by engineers and troops on the steep valley slopes even more hazardous.



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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 08:51 PM
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Ideally they need to build a seperate drainage channel to one side of the barrier though the topography may not allow this.

Dynamiting the structure is a scary proposition. One report I read mentioned them transporting 10 tons of dynamite to the site. They'd best proceed with caution....



posted on May, 30 2008 @ 07:38 PM
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Things are just going from bad to worse in China.
Intead of starting a new thread I thought I would just tack the story onto this thread.


DUJIANGYAN, China (AFP) — China rushed Friday to remove radioactive and chemical materials sitting downstream from a "quake lake" that threatens to burst and send torrents of water into heavily populated areas.

Nearly 100 unidentified radioactive sources were ordered to be removed by Friday evening from the path of the potential torrent of water, state press reported, citing the nation's environmental protection bureau.

"Moving those radioactive sources has become a top, urgent priority," the Beijing Times quoted Ma Ning, a senior regional official at the bureau, as saying.



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