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City’s subway safe from gas, nuclear attack

By Yin Yeping (Global Times)

09:48, December 05, 2012

Beijing's newly completed subway lines and stations can withstand a nuclear or poison gas attack, civil defense authorities said Tuesday.

Testing and inspection of the first phase of Subway Line 6, and the second phases of Lines 8, 9 and 10 are complete. The lines are expected to open on December 28, Beijing Civil Defense Bureau announced at a conference Tuesday.

The new subway lines have been designed to be used in the event of an emergency, for underground evacuation from one station to another, emergency shelter and storage for emergency supplies.

An engineer from the Engineering Design & Research Institute of the Second Artillery Corps, surnamed Hu, told the Global Times she helped design the civil defense infrastructure in the subway system.

For instance, the special gates that are installed in each tunnel, which separate a station and part of the tunnel, are designed to protect those who shelter inside when the city encounters a heavy storm, toxic gas, or even a nuclear attack, said Hu.

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