New lakes form in the wake of Chinese earthquake

by Anonymous on May. 23rd, 2008

Geological processes don't always occur over long stretches of time. Landslides triggered by recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake in China have blocked rivers causing new - and perhaps unstable - lakes to form in the devastated landscape.

Satellite photos taken of the region around Beichuan County show formation of a lake in one of the worst hit areas. Twenty other lakes have formed in Beichuan because of the massive tremor and are being monitored closely according to a story in Chinese Daily.

Death estimates are nearing 60,000, and the quake is thought to have destroyed more than 5 million buildings.

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mdr says:

An article in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune explains how officials in China are concerned that one of the "barrier lakes" formed by landslides from the May 12 earthquake is becoming a threat to the 1.2 million residents living nearby. Soldiers have been sent into the region to ease the swelling with explosives, hoping to stabilize the lake before the coming rainy season. Despite its ephemeral nature, the lake has already been given the name Tangjiashan.

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 7:03am
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shanee says:

A new Lake formed..thats really cool!

posted on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 8:39am

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