It can’t be repaired. The damage imho is both internal and structural and even worse likely foundational.I don't think this dam will "last forever," it may skate through the current crises but it is being severely damaged and will require either a full repair job (probably involving diverting the river again), be taken down properly or be a disaster waiting to happen six weeks, six months or even six decades from now.
That Love smilie was because what you said is what my gut is feeling- not because I desire this outcome. Damn computers. I prefer face to face but this will have to do.It can’t be repaired. The damage imho is both internal and structural and even worse likely foundational.
There is a certain structural integrity to just the mass of concrete. Cracks, leaks even non functioning equipment do not in and of themselves lead to catastrophic failure.
Each wave of flooding is like a prize fight. The dam gets rocked by a series of punches in the 5th round that are not a knockout or the end of the fight but it is the subsequent punishment after getting rocked that finally provides the knockout blow.
The biggest danger is if cavitation from the massive flood release has dug out the ground beneath the front of the dam. If enough ground is removed then the weight alone could lead to a partial collapse at some time.
We may even find that the damage survives well past this current rain season and months or a year or 2 later we wake up and a portion of the dam has collapsed and just fallen forward. Just like one of the many Chinese 20 story buildings where an entire wall just falls into the street, only impacting a lot more people.
Somebody has been asking about a view of the back of the dam. This is a screen cap somebody did from a recent video. Looks like the water is up to the bottom of the top spillway gates. I would not be surprised if we do see those top gates opened and flowing if the water keeps rising.View attachment 212030
Interesting stuff CM... I had never heard of a dam which is basically damming up "dry" fill (this did not turn out to be dry.) What is fascinating is the video of it actually 'flowing' out of the reservoir. What a mess and so sad a story...In a (sort-of) reply to those who were mentioning the special-effects dam-burst on Guns of Navarrone, I found a REAL one you might be interested in:
Brazil in 2018---a mining dam
BBC story with pics:
Video of exact moment dam collapsed (RT 1:51)
"who you gonna believe me , or your lying eyes"That was me! Thank you so much!
Yes the water DOES seem to be up to the top spillway gates----I thought some had said it was going "down"---based (of course) on "official figures" (courtesy of the CCP)
I wouldn't believe the CCP or any other communist party if they told me the sky was blue, without checking....
Sounds like the Aberfan mine disaster. Water got under the waste pile and it flowed down into the town.Interesting stuff CM... I had never heard of a dam which is basically damming up "dry" fill (this did not turn out to be dry.) What is fascinating is the video of it actually 'flowing' out of the reservoir. What a mess and so sad a story...
Story is he is a government spook... posting on 8kun maybe? He has kind of come full circle though... he originally really came off a a tough guy, who was doing battle something like a James Bond... involved in clean up actions all over the world... possibly working for the white house, possibly CIA... kind of got a picture of a guy who could kill you 10 different ways with his pinkie. Was sharing all kinds of crazy stories, which no one could know unless they were at the Top Secret level clearance or higher... would always draw the line on the intel though at a point which kinda made it sound legit. One of his stories was he married a Mossad gal he was working with recently, and then she got killed. He implied the killer was going to pay big time. (and he may have!) However, Lately he has dropped back to a time traveler who is somewhat more kinder and gentler. I get a big kick out of his posts... I give him about a 50% of being legit, but he has made 'some' darn good predictions so far.Ok who is this guy?
Interesting stuff CM... I had never heard of a dam which is basically damming up "dry" fill (this did not turn out to be dry.) What is fascinating is the video of it actually 'flowing' out of the reservoir. What a mess and so sad a story...
Yeah, but in the write up, one of the gals said it had grass planted on it, and looked like a soccer field... and they thought it was dry... something about layer upon layer... and then the video looked like it had grass also?No it was a river that was dammed up---there was water in it---but it was used to dump "tailings" from the mining operation.
I understand they even used those same "tailings" in BUILDING the dam---which as you saw began its collapse like a giant sinkhole imploding inward on itself...
Thank you for posting that, if the MSM (PBS even) is reporting this then it is likely either on-going or likely to happen soon.
By they way, I agree there is probably no way to save the White Elephant even if it survived this flooding (which is unlikely) but since I'm not an engineer I figure that if they didn't do something it would later wash away and kill millions, probably when least expected.
I didn't think there was any good way to repair it, but I didn't know for certain that was the case either.
I looked through the Twitter feed from your post. Chilling, to say the least. And why is the MSM so quiet on it?Some of you may want to go to Twitter and just put: Three Gorges Dam in the search, I think things are really coming to a tipping point.
Sorry this one is dated the 24th (edited) but there are some recent flooding videos that are pretty terrifying.
China is in full media blackout over the #threegorgesdam. Mainstream media is silent. It's bad. #wuhan
Darn... either the Wuhan Bridge website was made private by whomever, or I have lost whatever credentials I had to get to this... I can not get to the Wuhan camera any longer. It was this...
This is what a lot of us want to know. 480M dead or displaced people is nothing to thumb one's nose at... that's a humanitarian crisis on an apocalyptic scale.I looked through the Twitter feed from your post. Chilling, to say the least. And why is the MSM so quiet on it?
This is the one CM shared... it is still working, but others are not.The link I was following is the bottom link DannyBoy shared. It has been off since yesterday.