Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that affected the city of Tainan near Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) has mounted an emergency response in support of ongoing efforts of the authorities. The shallow quake – with a depth of 10 kilometres – struck at 03:57h local time (UTC +8) on Saturday, 6 February 2016, when most residents were still sleeping. The quake caused considerable damage to buildings, including multi-storey residential apartments.
The latest update from the authorities indicates that at least 36 people have been confirmed dead, with 525 people injured, 91 hospitalized and 113 still missing. (IFRC, 8 Feb 2016)
The death toll stood at 116 by Saturday, 13 February. The searching has come to an end as the missing were all accounted for. (Xinhua, 14 Feb 2016)
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On April 19, 2016, EERI hosted a special webinar reconnaissance briefing on the Meinong, Taiwan earthquake of February 6, 2016. Researchers from multiple teams who traveled to the impacted region collaborated to share observations and provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage, response, and performance of pre-event mitigation measures. A recording of the webinar is now available:
Earlier today, the Taiwan Red Cross launched another delivery of condolence pay, monetary support and household electronic appliances at Kun Shan Elementary School in Tainan City. More than NT$18 million was distributed to beneficiaries of 120 cases.
On March 26th, the Taiwan Red Cross delivered condolence money to the victims affected by the 0206 Tainan Earthquake. Following the designated uses specified by the United States, Japan, and China, the delivery includes condolence money for the bereaved or those injured in the disaster, monetary support for injured victims in need of recovery care, monetary support for amputees, emergency welfare funding, relocation funding, and funding to replace damaged household appliances.
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Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has completed its Project Hope of Disaster Risk Reduction in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. Five schools in remote townships in need of urgent repair now have new buildings that will protect both faculty and students from harm. The five are: Ligang Junior High School, Kung Cheng Junior High School, Fang Liao Senior High School, Gao Tai Junior High School and Nei-pu Junior High School.
The devastating earthquake on Feb. 6, 2016 in Tainan, Taiwan did more than the devastation of 117 killed and more than 500 people injured. It also caused heartache, guilt, regrets, anguish, and many other mix emotion for hundreds of affected families, just as they were preparing for the most important Chinese holiday of the year. Celebrations for Chinese New Year were canceled.
Taiwan is located on the 'Pacific Ring of Fire', the zone where most of world's earthquakes occur. The frequent earthquakes have caused widespread damage to old school buildings. In order to provide a safe environment for students in Hualien, the Tzu Chi Foundation and the county government are working together to carry out a Project of Disaster Risk Reduction for six schools. The goal of the project is to rebuild or repair buildings that have structural damage.
In Taiwan Goes into Recovery and Rebuilding Phase
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan at 3:57 am on February 6, 2016, resulting in 117 casualties and hundreds of people injured in Tainan, Taiwan. Over 400 schools in Taiwan suffered damages in the earthquake. Right after the earthquake occurred, while it was still dark outside, volunteers from Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation living in Tainan were already mobilizing and began disaster relief at the scene.
BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) donated 5 million yuan (769,000 U.S. dollars) to Taiwan following an earthquake that hit the island on Feb. 6.
The fund, to be given to the victims' relatives and help the injured, was passed through Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to the island's Red Cross Society on Sunday, according to an ARATS statement.
The 6.7-magnitude quake killed 116 people.
Following the Tainan earthquake that rocked Southern Taiwan on 6 February, the Taiwan Red Cross is announcing our plans for a recovery project. The Tainan Earthquake Recovery Project will include condolence pay for the bereaved or those injured in the disaster, monetary support for injured victims in need of recovery care, monetary support for amputees, emergency welfare funding, psychosocial support, monetary support for educational fees for children, and funding to replace damaged household appliances.
On February 9, Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (3,600 plastic containers and 200 rolls of plastic sheets) stockpiled by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to affected Tainan City, to respond to the earthquake that occurred in Southern Taiwan on February 6.
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TAIPEI, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from an earthquake that struck southern Taiwan a week ago stood at 116 by Saturday, and the searching has come to an end as the missing were all accounted for.
The 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung city at a depth of 15 km at 3:57 a.m. last Saturday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Local monitoring authority put the scale at 6.4-magnitude.
The city of Tainan bore the brunt of the quake, especially a 16-storey apartment building built in 1992 in the Yongkang district.
In response to the M6.4 earthquake in Southern Taiwan on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (local time), EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program has launched a virtual clearinghouse site for the event, with preliminary reports, field photos, and a variety of other resources: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2016-02-taiwan/
Five days after the 2/6 Tainan earthquake disaster, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi volunteers continue to provide hot meals and material and emotional care for survivors and family members at four relief service stations, hospitals and funeral homes around the city.
With around 1000 volunteer shifts per day, volunteers have cared for 388 affected families as well as 179 patients and family members at the hospitals from Feb 6 to 10. A total of 5977 volunteer shifts included 61 medical professionals.
TAIPEI, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Saturday had climbed to 83 as of 8:25 a.m. on Friday.
The collapse of the Wei Guan building, the most seriously damaged, accounted for 81 of the deaths, according to an official update on the casualties.
The quake, which the China Earthquake Administration said had a magnitude of 6.7, hit Kaohsiung city at 3:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, just two days ahead of the Lunar New Year. Local monitoring authorities put the scale of the quake at 6.4.
The February 5, 2016 M 6.4 earthquake east of Tainan in southern Taiwan occurred as the result of oblique thrust faulting at shallow-mid crustal depths (~ 20 km). Focal mechanisms indicate rupture occurred on a fault oriented either northwest-southeast, and dipping shallowly to the northeast, or on a north-south striking structure dipping steeply to the west. Taiwan lies in a region of complex tectonics, at the boundary between the Philippine Sea and Eurasia plates.