News of the WeekWENCHUAN EARTHQUAKE

Scientists Race Against the Clock to Gauge Landslide Risk

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Science  13 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5882, pp. 1408
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5882.1408

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Summary

The gravest threat to survivors of the magnitude-7.9 Wenchuan earthquake, history shows, may be new lakes formed from the rising waters of blocked rivers; the resulting flooding when these landslide dams burst can kill more people than the earthquake itself.