‘The Santa Clara Valley Water District has received preliminary findings from an ongoing seismic stability evaluation for Anderson Dam that detail part of the dam could experience “significant slumping” if a 7.25 magnitude earthquake were to occur on the Calaveras Fault within about a mile of the dam.’ [Source: MorganHillTimes.com via Association of State Dam Safety Officials]
On December 14, 2005, the upper reservoir of the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant, a hydroelectric power plant in the Missouri Ozarks, suffered a catastrophic failure. The resulting flood severely damaged the Jonhson’s Shut-Ins State Park and swept away the park superintendent and his family. Fortunately all of them survived. (Photos by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and USGS)
Last week, the Missouri Attorney General’s office announced a settlement of $180 million between the facility’s owner, Ameren Corp. The failure reportedly was a result of negligence on the part of the company. More details after the break.