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Evidence Mounts for Dam-Quake Link

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Science  20 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6079, pp. 291
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6079.291

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Ever since the devastating magnitude-7.9 Wenchuan earthquake killed 80,000 people in 2008, Chinese hydrologists and geologists have wrangled over whether the reservoir behind the 156-meter-high Zipingpu Dam may be to blame. Today, as China embarks on a spurt of new hydropower development (see main text), the debate is getting increasingly heated. Newly published studies present the strongest evidence yet for the link.

  • * Jane Qiu is a writer in Beijing and London.