Engineering Implications of Impoundment of the Indus River by an Earthquake-Induced Landslideby James A. Code, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Montreal, Que, Can,
Sadiq Sirhindi, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Montreal, Que, Can,
Abstract: Historical records and physical evidence indicate that in the Himalayas of northern Pakistan a huge landslide dam was caused by an earthquake in 1840. The dam blocked the Indus River, impounded it for several months, and then was overtopped in mid-1841 with devastating results downstream. Subsequent to a recent inventory-ranking study of hydropower sites on the upper Indus River, the implications of such a phenomenon being repeated were considered during feasibility studies of the first-ranked site.
Subject Headings: Earthquake engineering | Rivers and streams | Earthquakes | Landslides | Feasibility studies | Hydro power | Water storage | Site investigation | Power plants | Developing countries | Asia | Pakistan | Himalayas
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