China: Quake prediction project opens arms to world talent

Source(s): China Daily

By Hou Liqiang

China has officially launched an earthquake prediction project in Southwest China that will be open to scientists from around the world, a senior China Earthquake Administration official said.


The site is the first in the world to concentrate on earthquakes with continental epicenters. [Wang Manda, deputy director-general of international cooperation at the administration] said it will also stand out because of its comprehensive observations and experiments covering the whole earthquake process, ranging from underground ruptures to the seismic response of buildings.

A supercomputing platform will be established at the site, and Wang said numerical simulation will be carried out for the entire earthquake process to facilitate research.

The project is based on a philosophy of openness and sharing, he said. "It's not only researchers with our administration who will use it," Wang said. "Other scientists, from both home and abroad-including those from universities and public institutes-will also be welcome to come to conduct research and test their theories in the field."


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