Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Dec 26, 2013 - Page 4


Quake hits eastern Taiwan

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 3:38pm yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said. The earthquake’s epicenter was 44.2km southwest of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 9.1km, on the border between Hualien and Nantou counties, bureau officials said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 4, was felt in Hong-ye Village (紅葉) in Hualien. Three moderate quakes shook the east earlier in the day, with the strongest one occurring at 4:29am. It measured 4.7, with the epicenter 57.8km beneath the sea, 15.5km southeast of the Taitung County Government, the bureau said. Before that, a magnitude 4 earthquake hit at 00:50am, with the epicenter 22.1km beneath the sea, 39km southeast of the Yilan County Government building, it said. An earthquake measuring 3.4 in magnitude also occurred at 3:14am, with its epicenter 22.1km beneath the surface, the bureau said.


Show highlights innovation

The nation’s achievements in industrial, agricultural and medical innovations are highlighted in a three-part documentary titled Taiwan Revealed produced by the Discovery Channel. The first episode focuses on industrial innovation and highlights examples such as the development of the world’s first transparent smartphone. It premiered in Taiwan on Monday and is to be replayed on Saturday. The second episode features agricultural innovation, including the use of coffee grounds to produce clothes that can remove odors and a water filtering device that can filter seriously polluted water, the channel said, adding that it would air on Monday. The third episode, which is still being filmed, will focus on issues such as minimally invasive surgery, Discovery said, and is set to air next year.