Premier urges preparedness following strong Hualien quake

  • Date: 2019-04-18
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) sprang into action on Thursday following an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter magnitude scale that struck Xiulin Township in Hualien County at 1 p.m. Taiwan time. Premier Su Tseng-chang visited the CEOC to monitor the response to the quake, and urged the public to look out for one another in normal times and provide mutual aid in emergencies. He also observed that the more one is prepared for a disaster, the less one is likely to suffer when it strikes.

The premier emphasized that this quake serves as yet another opportunity to test the nation’s overall disaster response and rescue system, which is important given Taiwan’s position astride the earthquake-prone Pacific Ring of Fire. With the imminent arrival of seasonal rains, closely followed by potentially destructive typhoons, Premier Su instructed first responders and rescue personnel to remain vigilant and keep a close eye on upcoming developments.

The Ministry of the Interior advised those who work or spend time outdoors in mountainous areas to stay safe by paying special attention to the possibility of landslides. Responsible government agencies will be out in force to conduct post-quake inspections of mountain slopes, reservoirs, bridges and roadside retaining walls and embankments, and undertake repair and maintenance work where necessary.