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Cracking Zipingku dam in China

Dam The Zipingku dam is near to the epicenter of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake, by the small town of Dujiangyan. Dangerous cracks appeared in the structure after Monday’s earth quake. Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 2,000 troops had been sent to work on the Zipingku Dam, upriver from Dujiangyan in Sichuan province. More than 14,000 people were still missing and nearly 26,000 people had been buried. The Dujiangyan project, built in 256 BC, is more than 50 kilometers from the provincial capital of Chengdu and irrigates 666,000 hectares of land. Its the world’s oldest irrigation system.

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