China Launches Sophisticated Earthquake Observation System

by Matt Ball on March 2, 2012

The China Earthquake Administration has just launched a new earth observation system to monitor the Earth’s crust. The GNSS-based system has a network of 260 full-time observing stations, and 2,000 part-time stations that closely monitor their positions and communicate those throughout the network.

The project began in Dec. 2007, with a total cost of 524 million yuan (83.2 million U.S. dollars). This was a combined project with the China Earthquake Administration, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.

The network joins similar systems, including the U.S.’s Plate Boundary Observation system and Japan’s GEONE. The improved full-time monitoring with precision measurements greatly improves the quality of data regarding real-time conditions. With these added details, the government will be able to see and share warning signs, to improve human safety and reduce economic impacts.


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