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itoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan and Yunnan pro
vinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vic
e-minister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.
The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.
China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.
Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observation. However, the we
ak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.
He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong
Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i
nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from
whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.
Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal
king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.
Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.
The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.
New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the
government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.
Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.
ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba
ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.
It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far
away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca
use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.
Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh
water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr
eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci
dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.
In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o
nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat
er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.