Skip to comments.China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam
Posted on 07/23/2010 7:52:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
BEIJING Record-high water levels at China's massive Three Gorges Dam have called into question Beijing's claims that the world's largest hydroelectric project could withstand a 10,000-year flood.
The water level reached 518 feet (158 meters) Saturday morning, just 55 feet (17 meters) from the reservoir's maximum capacity of 573 feet (175 meters), flood control headquarters in the central province of Hubei told The Associated Press.
Water could go higher with China's national weather center issuing a warning Saturday of more torrential rains for the region through 8 a.m. Sunday.
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Lightning strikes in Poyang county in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, July 20, 2010. Much of China has been suffering flooding and landslides after weeks of torrential downpours. At least 146 people have died since the start of this month, as a result of the rains, and another 40 are missing. REUTERS/Aly Song
So if the dam burst would it take BP of the front pages ?
It’s a Wal-Mart dam. Hmmm...
When the levee breaks, mama you got to move...
How do you say “OH SH**” in Chinese?
Since the completion of the Three Gorges Dam in 2006, confidence in its flood capacity has diminished.
In 2007, officials said the dam could withstand the worst flood in 1,000 years.
Then on Tuesday, the Three Gorges Corporation's chairman, Cao Guangjing, told China Daily he can "absolutely guarantee" the dam can withstand the worst flood in 100 years.
knock on wood. It could,, lot of heads would roll
Watched a documentary on the Discovery channel years ago that stated that if the Three Gorges Dam ever gave way, over 16 million would die in the ensuing flood. Hope the Chinese Government has taken this into consideration when they relocated all the downstream folks.
It’s not even open 10 years .. wow,, they sure build it tough in China.
As Bill Cosby says, “First you say it, then you do it.”
This spring and summer have been really unusual in China. Summer arrived REALLY late, and it’s been really wet...
Looks like they’ll have to open the flood-gates of the dam a bit earlier than expected. But when you realize the size of the reservoir (400 square MILES), well, 55 feet to go is a LOT of water!
A failure of the Three Gorges Dam would bring China to its knees. They will likely start a war to distract, deflect and drive what remains of their economy.
Human life has no value to China’s rulers. Remember that it is a culture that has periodically burned its libraries and slaughtered its scholars.
Lets not have a repeat. Chu Jiaozi “the River Dragon has come”
I saw so pictures on the dam with th egates open and the water is flying out 300 feet. Scary as hell. If this thing goes, and it might, God help them.
There was a lot of foreign engineers on this project. They may have been forced to cut corners they did not want to but I know a couple that worked on the project and they never mentioned problems like that.
OK, so how do you say “Bush’s fault’ in Chinese?
According to Babelfish, you got the “Oh” part fine.
16 million out of 1.3 billion people. They’ll make up for that in a year’s time easy!
Now they did this, why? to get hydro energy?
How many nukes would China need to match the output of Three Gorges?
O Fen!! (for the first character)
Ay ya!! (for the seccond set of characters)
I read of an American geologist who was with this project at the beginning. But after studying what the effects of flooding would be to the porous mountains in the area, he pulled out with a warning. I’ve been up and down that river and in that dam area three times.I cry for what they are doing.
Last year they had a problem with the lack of water.
Now it is too much.
Isn’t that thing starting to show cracks?
We may scoff and laugh, but to imagine 16 million souls lost in an instant ... hard to imagine, hard to take as a Christian.
"The consequence of failure at the Three Gorges Dam would rank as historys worst man-made disaster. More than 75 million people live downstream on an intensively cultivated floodplain that provides much of Chinas food."
O Fen Ay Ya! What follows, a karate chop?
Christians don’t say much about the 200 million lives that were snuffed out by the Leftists during the 20th century. Then the millions of unborn every year not just in this country but around the world.
Too much, BUT as long as they can let the excess flow past the dam, no problem, right?
Unless the unusually large inundation results in fluidization of the soil and loosening of the dam structure’s anchors, as with Katrina and the levees in New Orleans.
Not sure about what you mean?
Graphic on flooding in China. China -- already reeling from deadly floods -- is braced for a potential new deluge on the Yangtze downstream from the huge Three Gorges Dam as its reservoir's level hit a high for the year. (AFP Graphic)
Water is discharged from the Three Gorges Dam to lower the level in its reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer
I agree, scoffing and laughing over the potential immediate deaths of any number of people is lacking civility and human decency, yet... I must ask, given your last words - are you a Deist? (Luke 13:4-5)
Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."
You take all of the people who died at the hands (both for and against the likes) of Hitler, Mao, Stalin and the many other Leftist dictators during the 20th century and the number reaches close to 200 million. Chinese researches several years ago were up to 177 million. I figure they have found more by now.
The economic consequence would also be beyond catastrophic - the ensuing flood would destroy numerous cites with all of their industry and infrastructure. China would convulse with social upheval in the wake of this catastrophe. It's possible that China would do what it has always done when its dynasties and regimes collapse - revert to chaos and warlordism for a time.
Regardless Gods reasoning, the loss of life is still nothing to smile about. And no I’m not a Deist. If I were, I wouldn’t care about the potential loss of life. I’m just a Christian that mourns all loss of life even if it is God’s will. Just call me an old softy.
Since you asked and I was there... http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=translate+Bush%27s+fault+to+chinese&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
So they have gone from a design that will withstand a 10,000-year event, to 1,000-year, ah, solly, 100-year event. Dam! Never could get those zeros right.
“The TGD is primarily a flood control mechanism. Power is important, but perhaps not as important as that. Failure of that structure would be beyond catastrophic. Millions - and I mean millions - of peole dead.
The economic consequence would also be beyond catastrophic - the ensuing flood would destroy numerous cites with all of their industry and infrastructure. China would convulse with social upheval in the wake of this catastrophe. It’s possible that China would do what it has always done when its dynasties and regimes collapse - revert to chaos and warlordism for a time.”
How many constructs of man have not eventually failed?
Like Paul Simon wrote in a wise moment, “everything put together eventually falls apart”.
What were the Chinese thinking when they built that thing?
Three Gorges Dam is a disaster in the making, China admits
September 27, 2007
In an unprecedented admission of blame, Communist Party officials gave a stark warning yesterday of impending disaster in the vast area around the dam if preventive measures are not urgently introduced.
One of the most worrying consequences of the project has been the sharp increase in landslides around the dam. Studies by geologists have shown that the water seeping out of the reservoir and the huge pressure changes are weakening the banks.
One official said that the shore of the reservoir had collapsed in 91 places and a total of 36 kilometres (22 miles) had already caved in.
Landslides have produced waves as high as 50 metres (165ft). In July a mountain along a tributary collapsed, dragging 13 farmers to their deaths and drowning 11 fishermen.
Ms Dai told The Times: The Government knows it has made a mistake. Now they are afraid that the catastrophe that they cannot prevent will spark civil unrest. So they want to go public before the troubles start.
Power - as in personal power
What if this is a 20,000 year flood?
Wold their new names be Bob?
They didnt bother with geological surveys either.
I broke the dam