The head of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), Nam Jaecheol (first row, left), the head of the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), Zheng Guogwang (first row, right), and other representatives pose for a group photo following a meeting about cooperation on earthquake disaster response, in Seoul on July 6. (KMA)

By Jung Joo-ri and Lee Hana 

Korea and China have agreed to strengthen cooperation on large-scale earthquake and volcano disaster response that could occur near the Korean Peninsula and at Baekusan Mountain.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) invited the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) to hold a working level meeting to cooperate on earthquake disaster response in Seoul on July 6.

During the meeting, the two organizations discussed issues such as conducting joint research into volcanic activity at Baekdusan Mountain, sharing research materials about earthquakes, and cooperating on improving early warning systems for earthquakes. In particular, the two sides agreed to continue joint research into Baekdusan’s volcanic activity, including the sharing of satellite images and monitoring volcanic gases.

“Through active cooperation with China, we hope to increase our research capabilities into earthquakes and volcanic disasters,” said Nam Jaecheol, head of the KMA.