Location of Zipingpu Dam in China
|Construction began||March 2001|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill|
|Height||156 metres (512 ft)|
|Length||663 m (2,175 ft)|
|Total capacity||1,120,000,000 cubic metres (907,999 acre·ft)|
|Installed capacity||760 MW|
Zipingpu Dam (紫坪铺水利枢纽) is an embankment dam on the Min River near the city of Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province in southwest China. It consists of four generators with a total generating capacity of 760 MW. Construction began in 2001 and was finished late 2006. The dam was originally a work from the Shu-Han nearly 2000 years ago.
The 7.9 magnitude quake on May 12, 2008 caused some damage to the dam, with the dam having a few cracks and fissures. Geologists now believe that the dam, and the weight of Zipingpu Reservoir, could have led to the massive earthquake.
- Satellite map of Zipingpu area
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- Moore, Malcolm, "Chinese earthquake may have been man-made, say scientists", The Telegraph, Feb 3, 2009
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- "Zipingpu Reservoir and the Wenchuan Earthquake" (PDF). ECEE. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
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