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China builds seismic station at world's highest mountain
09:53, October 20, 2009  

China has built a seismic monitoring station at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, the world's highest mountain, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, local officials said Monday.

The station, 4,255 meters above sea level, is located in Tingri County, Xigaze Prefecture, said Soiring, vice director with the regional earthquake administration.

"It is the first seismic station built in south Xigaze, which suffers frequent seismic movements," said Soiring. "It can provide first-hand materials for scientific research, and enhance earthquake monitoring covering the Sino-Nepal border area."

Seismic measurements could be used to study the tectonic zone of the Himalayas, where Mount Qomolangma is located, Soiring said.

Signals of seismic waves could be swiftly collected and transmitted to the regional and national earthquake administrations through satellite equipment, said Shang Rongbo, deputy head of the regional earthquake monitoring and forecast center.

The harsh climate at the site had halted installation of the equipment from time to time, he said.

The regional government and the China Earthquake Administration invested 1 million yuan (more than 140,000 U.S. dollars) in the construction, which began in June, Soiring said.

Mount Qomolangma, which reaches 8,848 meters above sea level, is located on the border of China and Nepal.

The highest seismic station in China is 5,000 meters above sea level, in Shuanghu special zone, Nagqu Prefecture in Tibet, and was completed in December 2008.

Source: Xinhua

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