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


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 | Water storage | Rivers and streams | Earthquakes | Landslides | Hydro power | Historic sites | Power plants | Himalayas | Pakistan | Asia

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