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IGL Started Level-II Response Mechanism to the Earthquake

2015/12/28 18:15:22

At 9:07 a.m. July 3, 2015, Pishan County under Hotan Prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang, was jolted by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. Up to 11 a.m. of July 3, six people were killed. About 3,000 houses collapsed or were damaged. The quake was strongly felt in Hotan prefecture. China Earthquake Administration started level-II response mechanism.

In accordance with the contingency plan for earthquakes, theInstitute of Geology (IGL) made arrangements immediately. All the discipline groups responded without delay, and submitted technological products to higher-level department to meet emergency at the set time. Under the request of the emergency rescue department, IGL sent out researchers Xu Chong and Wei Zhanyu to the capital airport of Beijing to meet with the work team of China Earthquake Administration for earthquake site emergency work. They flew to the quake-hit region for field emergency operations.

IGL gathered scientific research personnel rapidly and held a meeting discussing the Pishan earthquake situation at 2 p.m. July 3. IGL’s director Ma Shengli and deputy director Shan Xinjian were present to discuss with over 20 scientific and management staff and graduate students.

IGL researchers made preliminary analysis and drew conclusions based on data available in the perspectives of various disciplines, covering the geological structure, historical strong shocks, and causative faults.