Could 2 Huge River Reservoirs Have Caused China’s Latest Deadly Quake?

Landslides blocked the river, forming dangerous barrier lakes. (Screenshot/Sina News)
Landslides blocked the river, forming dangerous barrier lakes. (Screenshot/Sina News)

A Chinese geologist has seismic data to confirm that the recent earthquake in Yunnan Province may have been triggered by the filling of two gigantic reservoirs on the Yangtze River.

Over 600 people were killed following the magnitude-6.5 quake on August 3. Chinese media and bloggers have been speculating that the two events could be linked.

Fan Xiao at the Sichuan Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Chengdu found that there was indeed an increase in seismic activity in that area around the time that the reservoirs were filled, according to Nature.com.

Writing on a website hosted by Probe International, Fan said that “the issue is more pressing than ever” because there are many more dams being built and planned on the upper Yangtze.

 

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