Reservoir-Induced Seismicity

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Are Dams Triggering China's Earthquakes?

The Chinese government would like to believe that both earthquakes were the result of the natural movement of the earth's crust -- an "Act of God." But, mounting scientific evidence suggests that the Wenchuan earthquake was more likely a man-made disaster, triggered by the nearby Zipingpu hydro power dam.
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Chinese Dams Will Damn the Country

Chinese citizens are becoming increasingly vociferous in their outrage over lives risked, and lost, to shoddy standards, most recently in the country's food and high-speed rail industry. Should a dam suffer catastrophic dam collapse, that anger could quickly spill over to the hydropower industry for threatening ordinary citizens' lives.