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[Short Fuse] Will the Three Gorges Dam experience a partial failure before the end of September?
At the time of writing, The Three Gorges Dam is nearly full, and has experienced some "deformation". A partial failure of the dam could be catastrophic for the hundreds of millions of people who live downstream of the dam. Due to the deformation and ongoing full release of water, there is some speculation about failure.
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Will there be a partial or complete failure of the Three Gorges Dam before the end of September?
Resolution will be by credible media reports, for positive resolution the reports must indicate that a failure occured before midnight (local time) on 2020/09/30.
Failure as a result of deliberate human action with the intent to cause it, for example sabotage or terrorist activity, triggers ambiguous resolution.
In the case of conflicting media reports, a call can be made by a Metaculus Admin, though in this case they may choose to resolve as Ambiguous.
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