What Would Be the Death Toll in China If Three Gorges Dam was destroyed?

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  1. Dayton3

    Dayton3 Well-Known Member

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    I was reading an article in a science magazine about the danger to Three Gorges Dam in China. It said that as many as 400 million people could be at risk though that sounds excessive.

    But it estimated that if Three Gorges Dam was breached that it would killed millions, contaminate a huge area with radioactivity as flood waters destroyed nuclear power plants downstream, and that many more would die of famine and disease.

    It suggested that as little as a 20 lb. explosive device might be able to cause a breach. If a 20lb. demolition charge could do that then most certainly a 2,000 lb. general purpose bomb could do the same.
     
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    Aleksander Ulyanov Well-Known Member

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    Then one of these bouncing bombs from "The Dam Busters" would work really well.

    Are we at war with China now?
     
  3. Dayton3

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    Not yet. But I see no reason not to wargame future eventualities.

    The "bouncing bombs" were built and used on the dams in Germany because the German dams were protected upstream by torpedo netting. I doubt the lake behind Three Gorges Dam has those features. Modern smart munitions could probably be programmed so that they impact the upstream face of the dam and explode some depth down. I don't doubt destroying Three Gorges couldn't be done easily enough.

    Thanks for asking. Now, about that death toll...
     
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    Are we at war with Russia now? Think carefully before answering. After all, it's what your lady Hillary wrote in her book. Hah, kinda funny that you guys chose Biden of all people to be the next candidate, seeing as though he's a Russian/Chinese asset.
     

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