Engineering Implications of Impoundment of the Indus River by an Earthquake-Induced Landslide

by James A. Code, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Montreal, Que, Can,
Sadiq Sirhindi, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Montreal, Que, Can,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Landslide Dams: Processes, Risk, and Mitigation

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: Rivers and streams | Earthquake engineering | Hydro power | Historic sites | Power plants | Feasibility studies | Earthquakes | Site investigation | Himalayas | Pakistan | Asia

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