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Earthquake Near Chengdu, China

Dam Breach Swells Jianjiang River
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Dam Breach Swells Jianjiang River

In the wake of the May 12, 2008, earthquake in China, a series of landslides blocked the Jiangjiang River, creating swollen reservoirs that threatened to break through and flood catastrophically. The largest of these lakes, Tangjiashan Lake, threatened roughly 1.3 million people.

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Sichuan Landslides
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Sichuan Landslides

These images show changes in the landscape before and after the earthquake that struck on May 12, 2008, and the resulting aftershocks. The region shown is roughly 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the quake’s epicenter.

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Lake Formation in the Aftermath of Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake
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Lake Formation in the Aftermath of Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake

Within days of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that shook China's Sichuan Basin, floods became a hazard.

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