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31 Earthquake Innovations For China's $585 Billion Economic Stimulus Plan

— November 10, 2008 — Lifestyle
China has announced a $585 billion economic stimulus plan to help it counteract the worldwide financial crisis. Innovating through crisis is critical, and precisely what China intends to do with this spending. The country is already feeling an impact on its export as the reality of the economic recession hits more countries, and they want to stop before it gets worse.

China’s plan is to invest the nearly $600 billion economic stimulus plan over the next two years on social welfare, such as low income housing and rural infrastructure to fend off financial crisis. Post-Sichuan earthquake reconstruction is a major part of that investment, as is public transit, health care, education and the environment.

It’s interesting to think how this economic stimulus plan will look. To narrow in on just one of the areas they’ve promised to innovate, imagine the possibilities of what a budget like that could do for earthquake reconstruction and prevention.

The slideshow below highlights a great selection of earthquake innovations, from post-disaster shelters to pop cultural happenings post-Sichuan earthquake this spring.
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Earthquake Detection via Satellite
Earthquake Detection via Satellite
NASA's Disaster Avoidance Plan
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Disaster Baby Naming
Disaster Baby Naming
Chinese Earthquake Names
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Baby Making Time
Baby Making Time
China's One Child Policy Lifted After Quake
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Emergency Crews Add Oxygen Masks for Pets
Emergency Crews Add Oxygen Masks for Pets
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Earthquake Warnings Via Cell Phone
Earthquake Warnings Via Cell Phone
Japan's Mobile Safety
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Luminescent Gravel
Luminescent Gravel
Eco Solution For Emergency Signs
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Pandas for Tragedy Relief
Pandas for Tragedy Relief
YOKA SC for China Earthquake
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Emergency SMS Broadcasting
Emergency SMS Broadcasting
How Your Mobile Can Save Your Life
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Portable Battery Charges Cell Phones
Portable Battery Charges Cell Phones
eGO Emergency Battery
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Emergency Couture For Dogs
Emergency Couture For Dogs
Earthquake Rescue Apparel
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Self Cooking Rice
Self Cooking Rice
Perfect Emergency Ration
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Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Chinese Magazine Closed After Racy Rubble Pics
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Home Richter Scale
Home Richter Scale
GraGraph For Earthquakes
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Exposing Humanity Through Photos
Exposing Humanity Through Photos
Images of China's Earthquake
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Emergency Hand Crank Radio Phone Flashlight Siren
Emergency Hand Crank Radio Phone Flashlight Siren
Eton Voice Link Radio
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Collapsible Earthquake Helmet
Collapsible Earthquake Helmet
Tatamet
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Bedside Emergency Lighting
Bedside Emergency Lighting
From Desk Lamp to Flashlight
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$6 Survival Gadgets
$6 Survival Gadgets
The Heatsheets Blanket
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Controversial 2008 Beijing Olympics Ads
Controversial 2008 Beijing Olympics Ads
Benetton: Tibet vs China, 'Victims'
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Homes of the Future
Homes of the Future
Self-Healing, Earthquake Proof + Homes Built From Trash
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1 Euro Homes
1 Euro Homes
Sicily Quake-Damaged Fixer Uppers
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Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Must-Haves in Earthquake Prone Areas
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Life-Sized Paper Houses
Life-Sized Paper Houses
Chinese Architect Responds to Sichuan Earthquake
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Termite-Inspired Mega Buildings
Termite-Inspired Mega Buildings
Ultima Tower
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Disaster Housing Designs
Disaster Housing Designs
The Octagon Post-Earthquake House
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Origami Exo Homes
Origami Exo Homes
Foldable Bamboo Green Huts
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Disaster House
Disaster House
DH1 Assembles Easily for Urgent Shelter
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Earthquake Weddings
Earthquake Weddings
Photos in the Wake of the China Quake
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Eco-Friendly Dome Homes
Eco-Friendly Dome Homes
Solaleya House Spins to Maximize Sunlight
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Flatpack Uber Shelters
Flatpack Uber Shelters
Multi-Floor Emergency Shelter
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Modular Igloos
Modular Igloos
Styrofoam Dome Houses
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