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Guangdong to build complete earthquake monitoring network by 2025

2021-Nov-30       Source: newsgd.com

​Guangdong is to build an observation network for earthquakes that cover land and waters off shore with monitoring capacity significantly increased, according to the province’s earthquake prevention and disaster reduction plan for the 14th five-year period (2021-2025).

Guangdong is to build an observation network for earthquakes that cover land and waters off shore with monitoring capacity significantly increased, according to the province’s earthquake prevention and disaster reduction plan for the 14th five-year period (2021-2025).

The province will be able to issue early warnings within seconds after an earthquake and to report earthquake intensity in the order of minutes by 2025, said Sun Peiqing, director-general of the Guangdong Earthquake Agency at a press conference on Nov 29.

By 2022, Guangdong will build up or renovate 1,172 observatory stations, 1 national warning backup center, 1 provincial warning information center, 21 municipal emergency information service centers and 243 emergency service terminals. With the completed network, earthquake warnings can be issued 5 to 7 seconds after earthquakes in key areas, and intensity rapid report will be released within 5 minutes. It will allow between 4 to 45 seconds for residents living in areas within 50 to kilometers of the epicenter to take shelter.

Also, the province aims to enhance its earthquake risk prevention and management capacity, offer better public services and promote technological innovation.

To better ensure people’s needs for earthquake information, more programs are planned for the next five years, including seismic hazard risk prevention and management in mega-regions, seismic risk census and data management as well as construction of safety demonstration projects for major projects. 

Author | Abby

Editor | Nan, Will, Jerry

Editor: 陈锦霞

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