China’s Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest and most controversial hydropower structure, was rumored to have been cracking and splitting as people posted satellite images of the structure last week. Chinese officials stated the structure was sound, denying online rumors that the construction was at risk of collapse.
Safety experts of the government-run China Three Gorges Corporation said on its official website that the dam had warped a few millimeters due to temperature and water level changes, but the changes were well within their normal range of safety indicators, Reuters reported.
The company released its statement in response to a Twitter user who posted satellite images from Google Maps, showing the structure had bent and was at risk of splitting. The images were circulated via domestic social media known as WeChat.
Chinese financial news service Caixin Global reported on Tuesday that Beijing stated the photographs were an issue with satellite imaging itself rather than with the structural integrity of the dam.