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Speculation is growing that last year's magnitude-7.9 China earthquake may have actually been triggered by the tremendous water weight behind a nearby dam.
Scientists in China and the U.S. say that water behind the Zipingpu Dam, just 5.5 kilometres from the epicentre of the May 12 quake in Sichuan in southern China, may have weakened the fault that ruptured

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A strong magnitude  6.5 earthquake occurred at 01:22:01 (UTC) on Monday, November 10, 2008, in the Northern Qinghai region, China, about 55 km  ESE of Da Qaidam, Qinghai, at a depth of 10 km.

Location     37.619°N, 95.847°E


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A strong magnitude  6.0 earthquake occurred at 09:49:17 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 05, 2008, in the Sichuan region, China, about 50 km  NNW  from Guangyuan, Sichuan, China, at a depth of 10 km.

Location     32.810°N, 105.556°E

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A new analysis of the setting for last month's devastating earthquake in China by a team of geoscientists at MIT shows that the quake resulted from faults with little seismic activity, and that similar events in that area occur only once in every 2,000 to 10,000 years, on average.

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An astronomer derided a wide-spread report implying that there might be a possible link between the Wenchuan Earthquake and astronomical phenomena.
Experts from the Guangdong Astronomy Association have suggested that the Wenchuan quake might be related to specified astronomical factors on May 30. According to the association, the relevant authorities need to pay attention to two powerful astronomical tides in early June.
But Wang Sichao, a researcher of the Purple Mountain Observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, stated that there has been no evidence to prove there's a link. He warned that the general public should not be misled by this kind of information.

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Chinese troops have begun work to unblock a lake formed by a landslide during the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province.
About 1,800 soldiers carried explosives to Tangjiashan lake where they will try to blast away debris.
The lake, 3km from Beichuan town, has been rising fast and experts fear it could burst its barrier.

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Just ten months before a deadly earthquake struck Sichuan Province's Beichuan county on May 12, a scientific study warned that the Chinese region was ripe for a major quake.
After examining satellite images and conducting on-the-ground inspections of deep, active faults in Sichuan Province for more than a decade, scientists issued a warning.

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A strong magnitude  6.0 earthquake occurred at 17:08:25 (UTC) on Saturday, May 17, 2008, in the Sichuan region, China, about 80 km  WsW  from Guangyuan, Sichuan, China, at a depth of 10 km.

Location     32.273°N, 104.984°E



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Chinese President Hu Jintao has flown to south-western Sichuan Province, where it is feared up to 50,000 people may have died in Monday's earthquake.
So far almost 20,000 deaths have been confirmed in the region and thousands more people remain missing.

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Chinese troops are rushing to repair cracks in a dam that was damaged by a mammoth 7.9 quake earlier this week.
The Chinese government said the quake caused "extremely dangerous" cracks in the Zipingpu Dam upriver from the hard-hit city of Dujiangyan.

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