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Be prepared for earthquakes: American media believes Taiwanese are responding to praise for excellent earthquake prevention measures: helping reduce disaster damage and casualties

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Be prepared for earthquakes: American media believes Taiwanese are responding to praise for excellent earthquake prevention measures: helping reduce disaster damage and casualties

On the morning of the 3rd, Taiwan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 25 years. So far, at least 9 people have died, 1,058 have been injured, and buildings and roads have been damaged. 59 employees of Taiwan Cement and Heping Plant went down the mountain to escape. Experts interviewed by The Associated Press said Taiwan is no stranger to strong earthquakes, but thanks to excellent earthquake preparedness measures, casualties have been relatively controlled.

0403Hualien earthquakeWhen it came, it was busy work time. However, traffic was disrupted only slightly. Even minutes after the strong earthquake, parents took their children to school as usual, and office workers continued driving to the office.

The Associated Press reported that Stephen Gao, a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the United States, pointed out that “Taiwan’s earthquake prevention efforts are among the most advanced in the world,” including the implementation of strict building regulations, a world-class earthquake observation networks, and extensive public education on earthquake safety. action.

For new and existing buildings, the Taiwan government continues to revise seismic resistance levels which may increase construction costs, and provides subsidies to those willing to check the earthquake resistance of their homes. Following the 2016 Minong earthquake in Kaohsiung, the Weiguan Golden Dragon Building in Tainan City collapsed and was the only large building to collapse, killing 115 people. Five people were convicted of causing death by professional negligence and given prison terms.

Additionally, the Taiwan government promotes earthquake drills in schools and workplaces, and mass media and mobile phones also regularly send earthquake and safety-related information. “These measures have greatly strengthened Taiwan’s earthquake resistance and helped reduce disaster damage and casualties,” Gao Shangxing said.

According to data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), nearly 2,000 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or greater have occurred in Taiwan and surrounding waters since 1980, and more than 100 earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or greater. The most severe earthquakes have occurred in recent years. This was the earthquake of 921 whose magnitude was 7.7.

Northeastern UniversityDaniel Aldrich, professor of political science and public policy, said the 921 earthquake was also an important warning shot and prompted major administrative reforms to improve emergency response and disaster prevention.

Aldrich reported that “Observers strongly criticized Taiwan’s response to the 921 earthquake. It took hours for an emergency medical response team to arrive, search and rescue personnel were poorly trained, and actions among government agencies were poorly coordinated. Wasn’t.” Therefore the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act was passed for the government to set up 2 national centers to handle earthquake coordination and training. “I think we’re seeing the consequences of this latest earthquake,” he said.

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