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China eyes new quake warning technology

(Xinhua) Updated: 2012-07-26 07:25

BEIJING - Chinese scientists will focus on  developing new quake-monitoring equipment and warning technologies, according to an agreement signed Wednesday between the country's earthquake monitoring authorities and top research institute.

In order to reduce earthquake damage, the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences agreed to enhance cooperation on relevant areas, including warning and auto-response systems for major infrastructure, an expedited reporting system and new sensors for earthquakes, said the agreement.

The cooperation will also cover basic research on Earth sciences, as well as the application of shock absorption and structure consolidating technologies and materials.

In 2011, the CEA and its affiliated agencies channeled 797.5 million yuan ($124.8 million) into scientific research and technology development, or about 19 percent of its total spending.