Sichuan, in southwest China, has been hit by a record heatwave and drought, fires, COVID outbreaks, and an earthquake, all within a month. The earthquake occurred when the city was in lockdown because of the pandemic. Wang Weiluo, a well-known water conservancy expert, pointed out that this earthquake is similar to the Wenchuan earthquake. The construction of large hydroelectric dams by the government in the western region of China may be the cause of the disaster. He also explains about “natural disasters” such as earthquakes from the perspective of traditional Chinese culture.

According to JSTV, at 12:52 pm on September 5, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Luding County, Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan province, and a 4.2 earthquake hit Shimian County, Ya’an City, Sichuan province at 12:56 pm.

According to the official numbers as of September 14, the earthquake had left 93 people dead,, 25 missing , and 423 injured. However, analysts say that the actual number of casualties may be more serious than the officially reported data.

The development of hydroelectric power in the western area increases the risk of earthquakes

In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times on September 6, Wang who lives in Germany, said that the Sichuan area is inherently prone to earthquakes, the Chinese Communist Party’s implementation of large hydropower plant projects in the western region to build more dams have now increased the risk of earthquakes.

Wang explained that half of Sichuan is the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and this is where earthquakes occur frequently. But earthquakes haven’t happened so often before. For more than 10 years, the frequency of earthquakes in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou has been much higher.

He said: “China’s official seismologists always explain that this is the result of the plate movements, but in the process of China’s deployment of western hydropower development, dams much higher than the Three Gorges Dam are built in this most dangerous place.”

Wang also quoted Jiao Yong, the vice minister of China’s Ministry of Water Resources, saying that it was too dangerous for China to build so many high dams in areas with high earthquake incidence.

He said that there is a dam above the earthquake zone. It will be highest dam in the world at a height of 1,030 feet, while the height of the Three Gorges Dam is 594 feet. It is Shuangjiangkou Dam on the Dadu River, north of this earthquake. Jiao pointed out that half of the tallest dams in the world are in China, just in Sichuan and Yunnan. So earthquakes are predictable.

According to official reports, the Dadu River Shuangjiangkou Hydropower Station is located a little over a mile below the confluence of the Zumuzu River and the Chuosjia River at the upper source of the Dadu River. On August 12, 2022, the excavation of the tunnel spillway for the flood discharge system of Shuangjiangkou Hydropower Station was started. The goal is to have the first section generate electricity in 2024.

Wang said that many experts in China also believed that the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake was caused by the Zipingpu Reservoir next to Chengdu.

After the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, Fan Xiao, chief engineer of the regional geological survey team of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau and secretary-general of the Sichuan Tourism Geology Society, said that he did not know the exact epicenter at the time. At first he thought it was in Wenchuan, but later they found the epicenter very close to the Zipingpu Reservoir. It cannot be completely ruled out that the earthquake may have been caused by the Zipingpu Reservoir. This is called a reservoir-induced earthquake.

Wang said that in 2008, when Wen Jiabao, prime minister of China at that time arrived in Wenchuan, the first stop he made was to the Zipingpu Dam. The dam was about to burst. Acknowledged that an earthquake was about to happen, they quickly lowered the water level in the reservoir. Just as the water level was falling, an earthquake hit.

Wang said, “So, Sichuan people, think for yourself, this place is already prone to earthquakes. If you build a dam on it, you will increase the risk. And this risk, the so-called engineering technicians and so-called experts in China do not believe it and have no estimation of the increased risk. They don’t care.”

According to public information, a reservoir induced earthquake (RIS), refers to an earthquake caused by water storage due to the construction of a reservoir in a place where there was no or very few earthquakes. Reservoir-induced earthquakes do not occur in all reservoirs, and only areas with active faults may induce earthquakes under the influence of reservoirs.

Ancient China’s understanding of earthquakes

Wang said that in fact, the rise of the Himalayas has changed the entire terrain of China. He said that what Li Keqiang, the CCP’s so-called most knowledgeable leader, said, “The Yellow River and the Yangtze River will never flow backward” was originally wrong. Li did not know that the Yangtze River did flow backward.

Wang said: “I can tell you that the Yangtze River used to flow from east to west, and it flowed backward. Because the Himalayas hadn’t been formed yet, it flowed backward to the west. It was a backward river. The Yellow River used to be an inland river so it didn’t flow to the sea, just like many rivers on the Tibetan Plateau that flowed into a large lake below, no more flowing forward. The Yellow River used to be such a river. Only 150,000 years ago, the water broke through. It reached the mouth of Sanmenxia and used its sediment to overflow this North China, that’s all.”

In ancient Chinese culture, there was no such thing as a natural disaster. Historians explained that the emperors of ancient China were most anxious about earthquakes, floods, and droughts. The emperor didn’t dare talk about natural disasters, he could only say these things happened just because he didn’t do well. So he needed to correct his mistakes, and wonder about what he should do. He believed that disasters were the punishment of the gods, and the legitimacy of an emperor comes from the gods. In the past, Chinese emperors didn’t dare call it a natural disaster or say that it was the gods’ fault.

After the earthquake on September 5, aftershocks continued, many people in Chengdu went out to avoid danger, but were blocked by Dabai, causing public anger and fear. Some residents kicked the door directly, and some people directly opened the iron door and unlocked it on their own, scolding CCP officials as inhumane. Officials used loudspeakers to broadcast a warning: “Please go home and don’t stay outside.”

In addition, a minute before the earthquake, some netizens received an “earthquake warning” from the authorities. They pointed out that the forecast was too late, and not as timely as the warning from animal movement.

The video shows that on the night of September 4, the day before the earthquake, in the sky over Mianzhu, Sichuan, densely packed bats circled in the sky. However, the local emergency management department refuted the rumor and that the bats swarming was a natural phenomenon, which does not mean that an earthquake is coming, which happened in previous years.

Wang said that the official should have been able to predict this earthquake, just like the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake was predicted, and it was quite accurate. It’s just that what they predicted, CCP officials did not communicate the forecast in time, and did not inform the people in time.

Wang said, “If you don’t inform the people, it’s useless to predict. The people can’t get this information. It (the CCP) thinks it will cause social unrest, and it says so. Because the quality of housing construction in China is too poor, you see, when the building collapsed, the area for earthquake resistance was too small.”

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