China Plans 1,000 Disaster Shelters
ABC Radio Australia News

China is planning to build a large number of underground shelters in hopes of protecting people from disasters such as earthquakes and major fires.
The first shelter was opened in the capital, Beijing, on Wednesday, and 1,000 more are expected in coming years.
The shelters will be equipped with amenities such as water and telecommunications, allowing people to stay inside for a relatively extended period of time.
Although Beijing has never been struck by a major earthquake, it is located in a very seismologically active area.
In 1976, a quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the city of Tangshan, 150 kilometers from the capital, killing about 250,000 people.




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