Quake rattles the south
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rattled southern Taiwan yesterday. There were no reports of casualties or damage, officials said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 12:53am, was about 37km west of Hengchun (恆春) at a depth of 62km, the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement. Earlier this week, 23 earthquakes rocked Hualien and Taitung counties between 4:45pm on Tuesday and 6:42am on Wednesday, with 20 centered around Nanao Township (南澳), the bureau said.
Premier demands flu action
Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) yesterday demanded that government officials make preparations on all fronts to meet the possibility of a second wave of A(H1N1) infections. Liu made the demand at the weekly Cabinet meeting after Department of Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) reported that the government should urge the public to remain vigilant against swine flu. A man died from swine flu yesterday, making him Taiwan’s first A(H1N1) fatality, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed last night.
City mulls Games museum
The Kaohsiung City Government may establish a museum to showcase the city’s efforts in hosting the World Games, the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) said yesterday. KOC chief executive officer Hsu Chao-chuan (?? said Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) had instructed government branches to study the possibility of setting up such a museum. Hsu also said that the KOC would present a report to the International World Games Association (IWGA) in October on the city’s efforts in hosting the international sports event.