Three days in Taipei and extreme heat, heavy rain and an earthquake…
08.08.2019: The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in northeastern Yilan county. The Magnitude was 5.9. In Taipei around 4 Magnitude.
I was in deep sleep and by the time I was really awake it was all over. The only thing I noticed was that my bed was shaking a lot. In order to be able to take any measures, I was 1. not awake enough and 2. also the emergency message came too late. Fortunately the epicentre was far outside. Mathias was jumping out of the bed to open the door if the shaking distorted the frame, but that would have been too late in the case. Maybe in the future I’d rather sleep with the door open and under the desk 😉 .
Taiwan had also to braces for typhoon hours after earthquake strikes but thank god after we flying back to Singapore. One Drama a day was enough.
“The island of Taiwan was created by the drift of the Philippine Sea Plate against the Eurasian Plate, which began about 6 million years ago and continues to this day. According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), around 15,000 seismic events are recorded each year.
Due to the climate and the location on the edge of two large tectonic plates, natural disasters can be expected in Taiwan at any time. Earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, monsoon rains, floods, seasonal storms and heavy rainfall are nothing unusual on the island and cause deaths, property damage and financial losses time and again.
The mountainous island lies on the eastern edge of the Asian continent on the western side of the Pacific Ocean, and the Tropic of Cancer runs through the middle of Taiwan. The seasonal exchange of continental and oceanic air masses leads to intense atmospheric activity at various levels and can lead to catastrophic weather phenomena throughout the year. ” (T@iwan heute)