“What is an earthquake?” “How to prevent earthquake damage?” “How do we take the right protective measures and choose the right escape route when a disaster happens?” Prof. XIANG Weifrom CUG answered these questions during his lecture on a streaming platform on May 12, the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Day.
This year’s theme of the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Day is “enhancing the emergency response capacity of the community and strengthening the people’s line of defense for disaster prevention, reduction, and mitigation.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the themed activity of Hubei Province was carried out online. The Yifu Museum of CUG was one of the organizers.
The activity involved videos for promotion, lectures of science popularization and online Q&As, and animations of geohazards, which were viewed for over 13,000 times.
China is one of the countries in the world that suffer the most natural disasters. In the wake of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake on May 12, 2008, the Chinese government decided to make May 12 “National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Day”, starting in 2009. The aim is to build on disaster prevention and mitigation capacities and to encourage public awareness and contribution.
(Edited and translated from the Chinese version)