The Summary Awards Congress for Yushu Earthquake Relief was held in Xining, Qinghai on August 19, 2010, with 225 organizations and 334 individuals being awarded. The Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) was honored the "National Earthquake Relief Heroes collective" award.
Senior CPC leaders attending the congress , included Hui Liangyu, the CPC Central committee member and State Council Vice-Premier, Liu Yunshan, member and secretariat of the CPC Central committee, Chinese Propaganda Department Minister Xu Caihou, the CPC Central committee member and Vice-President of the Central Military Committee, Li Jianguo, Vice Committee Chief of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, and Qian Yunlu, Vice-President of the National Political Consultative Conference. State Councilor, Secretary-General of the State Council Ma Kai presided over the congress.
At 7:49 on April 14, 2010, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Yushu County of the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. At this critical moment, CEODE immediately activated its remote sensing emergency response mechanism, quickly set up an air-space-land monitoring network and rendered S&T support to the disaster rescue operation.
At 02:30 a.m. on April 15, CEODE Director-general Prof. Guo Huadong sent the first batch of remote sensing images and analysis reports about the stricken areas to the State Council Emergency Management Office.
At 06:00 on April 15, less than 24 hours after the earthquake, the second batch of information was sent to the governmental departments concerned, and a high-resolution remote sensing monitoring report was presented by Prof. Guo to the State Council Officials.
Meanwhile, the data CEODE got from the airborne and satellite remote sensing observation and related analyses were shared at the first time with other domestic departments and institutions. Several batches of airborne remote sensing images of the quake-hit areas were available for 16 governmental departments concerned. CEODE's performance in Yushu earthquake disaster monitoring is praised highly by leaders at various levels, ranging from the central authorities and governmental departments, to CAS and local governments.
Venue of the Congress (Photo/XINHUANEWS)