CIES earthquake research shaking up tailings dam safety

One of the major priorities of the minerals extraction and mining industries is to reduce the numbers of catastrophic failures of tailings dams,' says CIES Professor Adrian Russell, because 'when tailings dam fails, it’s catastrophic. The amount of damage it can cause to the environment is unthinkable – not to mention the risk it poses to any civilians.' Unfortunately, 25 per cent of global tailings dam failures are due to an earthquake. Read more from the UNSW Newsroom about Adrian's research findings here.

Share this