Thu, Nov 15, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Centuries-old Western wall found

By Lu Hsien-hsiu and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

“Ota and other Taiwanese specialists are divided on the discoveries, which demand further analysis since it is only our primary exploration and due to its limited scale,” CGS Regional Geology Division chief Hsieh Kai-hsuan (謝凱旋) said.

On Dec.18, 1867, according to historical sources, a tsunami allegedly triggered by an earthquake, whose epicenter was located about 500m east of Keelung, swallowed homes in the area and took hundreds of lives.

Saying the tsunami had undoubtedly occurred, National Taipei University of Education associate professor Lin Ming-sheng (林明聖) said that based on his own research, indications of the tsunami — which reportedly brought about high, strong and fast-moving tides in waters near Keelung, as well as Heping Island — can also be found in Keelung’s Hsientung Fairy Cave (仙洞巖).

As such, the natural disaster should also be recorded in Heping Island’s stratum, Lin added.

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