Wenchuan Earthquake and Dams Safety

TitleWenchuan Earthquake and Dams Safety
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPan, J.
Secondary TitleJournal of Engineering Studies
Keywordsdams safety, earthquake, hydropower development
Abstract

This paper puts forward the following viewpoints: (1) Wenchuan earthquake has nothing to do with the construction of dams. (2) Dams have strong antiseismic safety, as is illustrated in the paper. (3) Earthquake should not be taken as an excuse for opposing constructing dams in Southwest China. On the contrary, to alleviate earthquake disaster, hydropower should be developed as soon as possible. (4) Suggestions are put forward concerning promoting antiseismic safety of dams.