On Monday, a 6-magnitude quake in Sichuan Province, China, killed 13 people.
Few people know that the number of casualties is likely to be much more terrible without the earthquake early warning system – by a Sichuan man who had survived the Man Xuyen earthquake in 2008. , causing more than 87,000 deaths.
Through TV, radio, smartphone, alarm sirens … Sichuan people received the earthquake notice before it took place at 10:55 pm Monday night. At the epicenter in Yibin City, people They were forewarned 10 seconds, in Chengdu capital, 61 seconds.
The early warning system saved thousands of lives in Sichuan during the earthquake on Monday
Earthquake warning pops up on the screen showing the football
Before natural disasters, especially earthquakes, every second was as precious as gold and no one understood this better than geologist Vuong Thon.
Mr. Wang is a native of Sichuan, who studied abroad in the US and returned to his homeland. He witnessed and survived the Man Xuyen earthquake in 2008. Vuong vowed that, with his knowledge, he would never leave the disaster 11 years ago.
Geological expert Vuong Thon
Since 2008, Vuong has worked and completed an early warning system for earthquakes at the research center in Chengdu.
According to Vuong Thon's research: Just 10 seconds of early warning will reduce 39% of casualties from earthquakes.