Sichuan earthquake may have been man-made

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    Sichuan earthquake may have been man-made

    Never thought a Dam could cause earth to misbehave.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...cientists.html

    An earthquake that killed at least 80,000 people in Sichuan last year may have been triggered by an enormous dam just miles from the epicentre

    The 511ft-high Zipingpu dam holds 315 million tonnes of water and lies just 550 yards from the fault line, and three miles from the epicentre, of the Sichuan earthquake.

    Now scientists in China and the United States believe the weight of water, and the effect of it penetrating into the rock, could have affected the pressure on the fault line underneath, possibly unleashing a chain of ruptures that led to the quake.

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    That's interesting. I wonder how near to a fault line the Three Gorges Dam is?