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Taiwan’s first earthquake prediction park opens 台灣首座地震前兆觀測園區成立

Eastern Taiwan Earthquake Research Center director Chang Wen-yen gestures in front of earthquake prediction facilities in Hualien County on Sept. 24.
台灣東部地震研究中心主任張文彥九月二十四日在花蓮縣的地震觀測站前留影。

Photo: Tang Chia-ling, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者湯佳玲

Do earthquakes provide any identifiable precursors? Recent research into thermal infrared and gamma radiation conducted by Lee Lou-chuang, acting director of Academia Sinica’s Institute of Earth Sciences and Minister of the National Science Council (NSC), may offer new clues for predicting earthquakes.

The NSC, the Central Weather Bureau and the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering have teamed up in establishing the nation’s first Experimental Earthquake Prediction Observatory Park as part of the newly opened Eastern Taiwan Earthquake Research Center (E-TEC) at National Dong Hwa University. E-TEC convener Ma Kuo-fong says that he hopes earthquake prediction capabilities can be achieved as soon as possible in order to better meet disaster prevention needs.

Lee’s research found that prior to an earthquake, the formation of steam occurs, along with the release of radon and an increase in infrared rays, all of which are brought on by pressure from tectonic plates. On March 29 this year, Lee discovered that an unusual increase in infrared rays occurred in the ocean off the coast of Taitung, which was followed by an earthquake on March 31 with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale. Four earthquake detection stations are currently set up at National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi County, in Pingtung County’s Kenting area, on Yangming Mountain in Taipei and at Hualien’s Dong Hwa University.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

地震發生是否有跡可循?國科會主委及中研院地科所所長李羅權最新研究熱紅外線與γ輻射偵測,可望為地震預測提供新線索。

國科會、氣象局、國家地震工程研究中心等共同在東華大學建置「台灣東部地震研究中心」,成立我國首座「地震前兆觀測實驗園區」。東部地震研究中心召集人馬國鳳表示,希望儘速達到地震預測目標,提供防災所需。

李羅權研究發現,地震前受到板塊擠壓,帶動水氣形成、氡氣釋出,紅外線會變多。今年三月二十九日發現台東外海熱紅外線量異常增加,三十一日就發生芮氏規模六點二地震。目前已在嘉義中正大學、屏東墾丁、台北陽明山與花蓮東華大學建置四個觀測點。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. precursor n.

前兆;前導;先驅 (qian2 zhao4; qian2 dao3; xian1 qu1)

例: A shift toward tolerance between the two countries is a precursor to peace.

(兩國互相包容的態度乃是和平的跡象。)

2. clue n.

線索 (xian4 suo3)

例: Are there any clues pointing to the cause of the fire?

(有沒有起火原因的線索?)

3. unusual adj.

異常的;奇怪的 (yi4 chang2 de5; qi2 guai4 de5)

例: That’s an unusual series of events. You lost your car keys, your car was stolen and then you found your keys.

(那倒是一連串奇怪的事件:你丟了車鑰匙、車子被偷了,最後才找到車鑰匙。)


(自由時報記者湯佳玲)

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