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Taiwan’s Battle Against Earthquakes: The New Regulations, Reinforcements and Prediction Technologies That Have Helped the Country Survive Major Seismic Disasters

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
The Aftermath of Taiwan’s 921 Disaster: Anti-Earthquake Efforts

In 1999, Taiwan experienced a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of over 2,400 people. This tragic event prompted the country to change its construction regulations and focus on strengthening buildings against vibrations. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4 and occurred in the eastern part of Taiwan, off the coast of the Hualien district. This was the strongest earthquake on the island in 25 years, with the previous major earthquake being the 7.6 magnitude Earthquake 921 in 1999.

Following this event, calls for changes in building regulations and construction methods were made by many. The government reclassified earthquake zones, updated data, and added more buildings to strong earthquake zones. New regulations were introduced for high-rise building construction, focusing on quality control, earthquake resistance assessment, and building reinforcement measures.

The Taiwanese government also identified many buildings as vulnerable structures following the earthquake in 1999 and initiated a plan to reinforce them to increase their earthquake resistance. Since then, schools have been given particular attention as they are considered high-risk areas due to their height and design complexity. To ensure safety for students and staff, advancements have been made in seismic design codes for schools in Taiwan since 2009.

Taiwan has also made advancements in earthquake prediction technology by developing a system that integrates monitoring equipment with other technology to provide warnings when seismic waves are detected. This system estimates the impact area and destructive power of an earthquake before shaking occurs so that authorities can issue warnings beforehand. The country’s geographical location at the intersection of two tectonic plates makes it prone to frequent seismic activity with over 33 faults across its landmasses alone – one of only a few countries with such an extensive undersea surveillance network installed on seabed observation stations connected via submarine cables for monitoring offshore quakes and tsunamis

By Samantha Nguyen

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