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More Steps to Prevent Tsunami Damage Taken in DPRK

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Pyongyang, January 28 (KCNA) -- More steps to prevent tsunami damage are being taken in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. As Korea is surrounded by seas on three sides, the Seismological Observation Bureau has intensified the scientific research to cope with possible tsunami damage.
    It is employing all observation means and methods to survey the level and radon content of underground water, terrestrial magnetism and electricity, geological structure, etc. in a scientific way so as to find out even minute changes of earthquakes. It is establishing a thorough forecasting system along with the work of taking earthquakes into consideration in construction in conformity with the already worked out division of seismic intensity.
    The provincial, town and county seismological observation centers set up throughout the country according to the step taken by the government are scrupulously working to ensure promptitude of forecasting and alarming system while encouraging people to inform them in time of such abnormal natural phenomena as sudden unrest movement of animals and changes in wells, springs and mineral water content.
    O Yong Gi, a section chief of the Seismological Observation Bureau, said in an interview with KCNA that many earthquakes and tidal waves have occurred in Korea according to historical records.
    There were more than 1,800 earthquakes whose tremor people could feel in the period from the Three Kingdoms to the end of the Ri Dynasty according to "The Chronicles of Three Kingdoms", "The History of Koryo" and "The True Records of the Ri Dynasty", he said, and added:
    In the light of the records that 30-odd tsunamis have occurred in the East Sea of Korea from the year 701 and the tsunamis off the eastern coast of China and the western coast of Japan in 1964, 1983 and 1993, there may be frequent tsunamis in these areas.
    Earthquakes measuring 5.6 on Richter scale hit Taegwan County, North Phyongan Province, in January 1980 and Anak County, South Hwanghae Province in February 1982, destroying some buildings.
    The DPRK is also intensifying exchange of seismic materials and scientific and technological information with China and Russia.

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