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20th Anniversary of 921 Earthquake

The hills at Jiujiufeng in Nantou County in the immediate aftermath of the 921 Earthquake on Sept. 21, 1999, in which the tree cover on the hilltops was lost overnight.


Photo courtesty of the Nantou Forest District Office

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.

(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)





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