17 May 2010
Even more seepage at Attabad
Posted by Dave Petley
The rate of seepage at the Attabad landslide is now increasing at a rapid rate, and a new seepage point emerged in the last 24 hours. This graph shows the seepage rate since the start of monitoring:
The current rate of increase does pose the risk of a seepage-induced failure. This is not inevitable, but the risk is increasing with time. The authorities need to be prepared for the possibility that seepage could develop very rapidly indeed. The most recent Focus update provided an image of the two main seepage points:
The one below the spillway is the one that developed at the end of last week – yesterday this was discharging about 1 cubic metre per second. To the right is the main seepage point – yesterday this was producing 2.8 cubic metres per second. Note how much erosion these seepage points have generated in the channels they have cut. This does not bode well.
I mentioned the Attabad situation to some folks today, and one came out with the suggestion of siphoning water out of the dam. Submerge some pipe in the water, cap off one end, raise it by crane, and drape the pipe over the dam. When the lower end is uncapped, it would produce a controlled flow of water downstream out of the dam. Sounds suitably low-tech …
On the tatest fotos: wher is the lake? pictures show water from both sides of the spillway.Thank you