Earth­quake Sys­tem

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK SOCIETY -

China’s ca­pac­ity in earth­quake mon­i­tor­ing and dis­as­ter re­lief has im­proved over the past 10 years, said a re­port sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­gress, the coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture, on Oc­to­ber 24.

The re­port was pre­pared af­ter an in­spec­tion was com­pleted on the en­force­ment of the Law on Pro­tect­ing Against and Mit­i­gat­ing Earth­quake Dis­as­ters, which was pro­mul­gated in 1997 and amended in 2008.

A new gen­er­a­tion of earth­quake mon­i­tor­ing and warn­ing sys­tems have been in­stalled along more than 20 high-speed rail­way lines (span­ning 6,642 km), said the re­port, adding that progress has also been made on a vol­cano mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and a South China Sea tsunami warn­ing cen­ter.

In terms of earth­quake re­sponse, over 22,700 emer­gency shel­ters have been built and an earth­quake res­cue force of some 200,000

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