The horror behind major dam failures

Thank you for visiting our website! We hope you will find something of interest on our site. Watch the video inside the article.Dam failure or levee breeches can occur with little warning potentially devastating large populations. The cause of these failures can be due to natural or man made events, such as earthquakes and heavy rains or engineering design defects and poor maintenance practices.
There are more than 80,000 dams in the United States and according to the 2007 update to the National Inventory of Dams approximately one third of these pose a “high” or “significant” hazard to life and property if failure occurs.
Having a bug-out-bag ready to go and an evacuation plan in place is a must for surviving this type of disaster.
Why Dams Fail
A “dam” is an artificial barrier that has the ability to impound water, wastewater, or any liquid-borne material for the purpose of storage or control of water.
Dams can fail for one or a combination of the following reasons:

  • Overtopping caused by floods that exceed the capacity of the dam.
  • Deliberate acts of sabotage.

  • Structural failure of materials used in dam construction.
  • Movement and/or failure of the foundation supporting the dam.
  • Settlement and cracking of concrete or embankment dams.
  • Piping and internal erosion of soil in embankment dams.
  • Inadequate maintenance and upkeep.

Video source : The Fancy Banana

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