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Li Ping

Li Ping, born on March 20,1924 inDawu County,HubeiProvince, is a seismotectonic expert. In July 1947, he graduated from Department of Geology,NationalCentralUniversitywith a bachelor’s degree. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration and member of the Academic Committee of the Institute of Geology and China Earthquake Administration, adjunct professor of Department of Geology of Peking University, the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Li Ping has offered important scientific evidence through his seismotectonic study for seismic risk assessment of many Chinese major engineering projects. He studied and found out the characteristics block movement of Cenozoic time in eastern China, and made seismic risk assessment of the Three Gorges Dam based on his study. He believed that the dam area will not suffer to the risk of strong earthquakes, and the future impact of earthquakes is mainly from the peripheral active fault zones of the fault-bounded block. In fault activity evaluation of the Shenzhen nuclear power plant site, he identified the peripheral distribution of active faults of the nuclear power plant, and the absence of capable faults around the nuclear island, an important basis for China’s first nuclear power plant site selection. He also noted that due to the change of direction of the stress field, only the active fault zones after the late Pleistocene posses the risk of strong earthquakes. This understanding has been included in the relevant specifications and anti-earthquake codes. According to the feature that China’s earthquakes reoccur at same places after a time interval, noting the quiet time of the seismic activity, he provided a seismic risk assessment for the expansion of the Yunnan Yangzonghai Power Plant, achieving sound economic and social benefits.

In 1999, Li Ping was elected as academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.