Today is the 20th anniversary of the 921 Earthquake. At 1:47am in the small hours of Sept. 21, 1999, a major earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter magnitude scale, hit central Taiwan, causing massive damage and many injuries and fatalities.
In order to remember the 921 earthquake, the government has set aside Sept. 21 as an annual National Disaster Preparedness Day, to enhance the public’s disaster response capabilities.
Since 2004, the Taipei City Government Department of Education has been organizing many disaster response events every year, and has designated certain preschools for disaster response education, together with drafting a set of disaster response guidelines for use in drills for a range of different disaster scenarios. These drills allow teachers and students to learn how to act in disasters and to keep themselves safe, giving them a basic understanding of disaster response principles.
Photo courtesty of the Nantou Forest District Office
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)
Photo courtesy of Chien Ching-nan
Photo courtesy of Chien Ching-nan
Photo courtesy of the Taipei City Government Department of Education
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