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China’s new dams built in quake-prone region

Mar. 23 (Circle of Blue): China already operates half of the world’s large hydropower dams, and there are more on the way—many more. Some critics worry that most of China’s new big dams are being built in a seismically active region that has experienced a number of big earthquakes, including one in May 2008 that killed 80,000 people in Sichuan Province. A number of scientists theorized that the weight of the lake held back by the 760-MW Zipingpu Dam—built less than two kilometers from a major fault line—may have helped to trigger the disaster.

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