Drowning Devastation

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On February 3, 2009 there was a devastating earthquake in China. It killed 80,000 people and left more than 5 million homeless, really just a tragic natural event in China. The magnitude-7.9 quake may have actually been triggered by the tremendous amount of water behind a nearby dam. Scientists in China and the United States say that water behind the dam, just 3.4 miles from the epicenter may have weakened the earthquake fault. Also, another cause of the quake could have been from the construction and filling of the reservoir in 2004. Several hundred million tons of water would have put “25 times” the stress of natural movement on the fault line. This powerful earthquake toppled buildings, schools, and chemical plants. Killing about 10,000 people, this was the worst quake in over three decades! Will New Jersey be next?

Discussion Questions:

1. What do you think the quake was caused by and why?

2. What would your solution be for China to never have another tragedy again?

Link Attachment: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24573168/

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~ by Student Entry on May 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Drowning Devastation”

  1. Wow. That is so amazing. I wish that no one got hurt. I don’t think i will be going there any time soon. I think that it was caused by all that water in the dam. Now a lot of people have gone homeless.

  2. I think that they should make other places for water and a stronger dams. It may cause for the water levels to get lower and stop the Earth quakes. New Jersey probably will not get a flood like that because we dont get too much rain and there isnt enought water for a flood here. I cant believe how many people died and were left homeless. If something like that happend to me I would be very nervous and look for a escape from it.I think just all the water and weak dams caused the flood and quake.

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