- 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