The great Sichuan earthquake of 12 May 2008 caught Earth scientists off guard. A year on, Alexandra Witze reports from the shattered towns on how researchers have learned from their failures.

Pathanamthitta hill tracts under security scanner

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

The coffer dam is being built for the 99 MW Chuzachen hydro electric project developed by GATI Infrastructure. As per the preliminary information, the labourers were working in the coffer dam in the night shift when the dam suddenly burst

March 27: A dam burst its banks ' near ' the Indonesian capital '` Jakarta early on Friday, drowning 52 people in a deadly torrent of muddy water that flooded hundreds of homes, health ministry officials said.

The Himalaya is one of the fastest changing regions of the world due to global warming. The mountains

This publication provides data for 5100 large dams in India. It is based on information compiled till January 2009 and includes data on 4710 completed large dams and another 390 under construction.

Mosul dam is one of the biggest hydraulic structures in Iraq. It is located on Tigris River north Iraq and was selected as a case study to predict flood disasters caused by a hypothetical Mosul dam failure due to its foundation defect in which the dam had been survive since 1986 (initial time of dam operation).

KATTAPPANA: The Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Water Resources, led by Rajapathy Sampasiva Rao, MP, which made a visit to the Mullaperiyar dam and evaluated its condition on Monday, said its report would be submitted to Parliament after a meeting.

Thanks to the availability of satellite data archives covering more than a decade, Permanent Scatterer SAR Interferometry (PSInSAR) nowadays represents one of the most powerful techniques capable of retrieving surface displacements of either natural (rock outcrops) or man made objects (buildings, infrastructures) already present within the surveyed area, acting as permanent radar reflectors.

Urgent need to re-examine quality assurance of dams in the northeast On May 10, the Sangai Express, a local daily from Imphal, reported that parts of the Thoubal multipurpose project had developed cracks. Taking note of the apparent lack of quality construction, Thounaojam Shyamkumar, deputy speaker in the state assembly, said that the dam posed a threat and authorities concerned