China - Taiwan Province

EMA current emergency: Taiwan Earthquake Updated 5 Oct 1999

Location: Taiwan
Incident Date: 21 September 1999
Hazard Type: Earthquake

Summary: On Tuesday 21 September a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Taiwan, causing at least 2000 deaths and extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. It is estimated that as many as 2600 more may remain trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Recovery efforts, by both local authorities and the United Nations, are continuing.

EMA involvement: At the request of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), EMA coordinated the deployment of a five-person disaster assessment team to work with the United Nations in Taiwan. The team, comprising members from the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian emergency services, provided expert assessments of the situation to the UN headquarters assisting Taiwan. The team returned to Australia on 30 September.