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High-end seismic monitor set up

CHINA has built a seismic monitoring station at the foot of Qomolangma, or Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, local officials said yesterday.

The station, 4,255 meters above sea level, is in Tingri County, Xigaze Prefecture, according to Soiring, vice director with the regional earthquake administration.

"It is the first seismic station built in south Xigaze, which suffers frequent seismic movements," said Soiring. "It can provide first-hand material for scientific research, and enhance earthquake monitoring covering the Sino-Nepal border area."

Seismic measurements could be used to study the tectonic zone of the Himalayas, where Qomolangma is located, according to Soiring.


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