From Disaster to Resilience: Taiwan’s Journey to Build Earthquake-Resistant Infrastructure

Emergency Response to Earthquake in Taiwan following the 921 Disaster

Taiwan was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1999 that left over 2,400 people dead. The country’s construction regulations were immediately changed to focus on strengthening buildings against vibrations, and high-rise buildings in Taiwan only tilted rather than completely collapsing. This earthquake made Taiwan one of the 10 most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

Following the disaster, Taiwan implemented new regulations on high-rise building construction. This included quality control, earthquake resistance assessment, and building reinforcement measures. The government also reclassified earthquake zones with updated data and introduced regulations to strengthen buildings in strong earthquake zones. Additionally, a structural reinforcement plan was initiated for vulnerable buildings to enhance their earthquake resistance.

Despite the challenges posed by the earthquake, Taiwan has made significant technological advancements in earthquake prediction. By integrating monitoring equipment with other technology, the country can quickly estimate the impact of seismic waves and issue warnings to the public. The development of an automatic system to determine earthquake location within seconds has greatly improved the country’s ability to respond to seismic events.

Taiwan is now at the forefront of seismic monitoring and response thanks to ongoing research and advancements in earthquake prediction technology. The country continues to invest in improving its infrastructure and building resilience to minimize the impact of earthquakes on its population. Through a combination of regulations, reinforcement measures, and technological developments, Taiwan is working towards creating a safer environment for its residents in the face of seismic events.

The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that occurred in 1999 had its epicenter off the coast of Hualien district, making it one of the strongest quakes on Taiwan island in recent years following a devastating 7.6 magnitude quake that killed thousands in 1999.

Despite being recognized as one of

Leave a Reply