Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/06/2020
By: Christie Chen

Image taken from the CWB website

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale shook eastern Taiwan at 9:40 a.m. Friday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The epicenter of the temblor was located at sea, about 107.8 kilometers northeast of Taitung County Hall, at a depth of 29 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei temperature of 39.7 C a 124-year record

Central Weather Bureau issues high temperature alert for 18 cities and counties

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/24
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Temperatures in Taipei reached a record 39.7 C Friday.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei sweltered under a record temperature of 39.7 degrees Celsius Friday (July 24) afternoon, the highest in 124 years, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Until Friday, the mercury had only exceeded 39 C in the Taiwanese capital on two occasions, the Liberty Times reported. On Aug. 8, 2013, temperatures set a record by reaching 39.3 C.    [FULL  STYORY]

Weather bureau monitoring tropical disturbance

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 11, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

A tropical disturbance east of the Philippines could develop into this year’s second tropical storm or typhoon in the northwestern Pacific, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

It could strengthen into a tropical depression today, as it passes through the Philippines’ Luzon Island and the South China Sea on its way toward Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong Province, the bureau said.

The tropical depression would likely develop into a tropical storm or a typhoon when it moves through the South China Sea, the bureau said, adding that it would monitor its development to determine how it might affect the nation.

The tropical storm would be named Nuri once it is formed, which means “parrot” in Malay, it said.

CCU launches its weather index to predict rainbows

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 08, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A Chinese Culture University (CCU) professor last month launched a rainbow forecasting system

A rainbow recognized as the world’s longest-lasting stretches across Taipei’s Yangmingshan on Nov. 30 2017.
Photo provided by Chinese Culture University via CNA

aimed at helping tourists, meteorologists and photographers know when and where to find rainbows.

Atmospheric science professor Chou Kun-hsuan (周昆炫) said earlier this week that the “Rainbow Weather Index” is based on data from the Central Weather Bureau and the university, such as precipitation, wind speed, wind direction and humidity.

After months of adjustments, Chou launched the system and said it is now 85 percent accurate in predicting a rainbow.

“We hope the service, which is only available for this region, can attract more people to look for rainbows on our campus,” Chou said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan sees first snowfall of winter

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/12/06
By: Lu Kang-chun, Yu Hsiao-han and Y.F. Low

Photo courtesy of the Bunun Mountaineering Team

Photo courtesy of the Bunun Mountaineering Team[/caption] Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Snow fell on Xueshan, Taiwan's second-highest peak, on Friday as seasonal northeasterly winds and a cloud system from the south brought abundant moisture to the country.

Sleet started falling at 1:48 a.m. on the 3,886-meter mountain before snow began falling at around 9 a.m., according to Shei-Pa National Park management office.

It was the first snow in Taiwan this winter season.

Meanwhile, the Central Weather Bureau forecast cold and rainy weather will continue in northern and northeastern Taiwan Friday, with daytime temperatures ranging from 16-17 degrees Celsius.


Typhoon Mitag leaves 4 injured, over 7,000 homes without power

Focus Taiwan
By: Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Typhoon Mitag, which was moving along Taiwan's northeastern coast late Monday night, has left four people injured and more than 7,000 homes without electricity, according to the Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).

Based on reports received by the CEOC as of 10 p.m. Monday, the four victims from Taipei and Yilan County all suffered minor injuries, and have either been discharged or are receiving treatment at local hospitals.    [FULL  STORY]

SW Taiwan predicted to suffer most flooding due to global warming

1.2 million people in SW Taiwan could be displaced by flooding due to global warming by 2050

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/23
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Tainan City Government EPA Bureau image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Southwestern Taiwan, including Tainan City, in particular, is expected to be the region most heavily impacted by global warming, affecting over 1.2 million people, according to the environmental protection group Greenpeace.

On Sunday (Sept. 22), Greenpeace set up an 250-centimeter-tall ice sculpture inscribed with the Chinese characters "climate crisis" in Taipei's Ximending area, reported CNA. Greenpeace representatives at the exhibit said that if action is not taken quickly, 310 square kilometers could be submerged in Tainan by 2050.

Through the melting of the ice sculpture, Greenpeace activists hoped to raise awareness of global warming and demanded that Taiwan's 2020 presidential candidates propose sustainable solutions. They said that government leaders should actively respond to the crisis with a new energy policy.

The activists said that if Taiwan and the world do not take measures to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, an estimated 1,398 square kilometers of Taiwan's southwestern coastal areas could be flooded, the equivalent to 5,377 Da'an Forest Parks, according to the report. The environmental organization estimates that over 1.2 million people in Taiwan could be displaced by this flooding, with Tainan City the most heavily impacted area.    [FULL  STORY]

One dead, nine injured in Tropical Storm Bailu

SEVERE IMPACT: NT$25.26 million worth of crops were damaged, affecting vegetable prices, and 3,436 people were forced to evacuate their homes

Taiei Times
Date: ug 26, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

One person died and nine were injured after Severe Tropical Storm Bailu made landfall in Pingtung

Banana plants lie flattened in a plantation in Taitung County yesterday, after strong winds and heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Bailu.
Photo: CNA

County on Saturday, the Central Emergency Operation Center said yesterday.

An 18-year-old drove a motorcycle into a fallen tree in Tainan at 11:49pm on Saturday and died after branches punctured his chest, the center said.

Two other people — a 21-year-old woman on a scooter and a 32-year-old man on a motorcycle — were injured in Tainan after driving into trees that had fallen into the street.

In Nantou County’s Yuchih Township (魚池), a 73-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were hurt when trees fell on them.    [FULL  STORY]

Tropical Storm Bailu: Taiwan cancels work, classes for 6 municipalities

Landfall still expected in Taitung by 2 p.m. Saturday August 24

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/23
By: Duncan DeAeth, Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

CWB image

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The latest on Tropical Storm Bailu (all times local):

11 p.m., Friday (August 23)

Taiwan's Executive Yuan announced that work and classes in Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Hualien County, Taitung County, and Penghu County would be canceled Saturday (August 24) due to approaching Tropical Storm Bailu.

Earlier, work and classes on Green Island (Lyudao Township) and Orchid Island (Lanyu Township) had been canceled for Friday (August 23) evening.

Updates on closures can be followed on the table from the government's personnel agency.

Kaohsiung first only announced the cancellation of work and classes for five districts all known for landslides during previous typhoons, but it later expanded it to cover all of the city for Saturday.

LIST: Flight cancellations for August 9, Friday

Date: Aug 08 2019

MANILA – Local airlines have announced the cancellation of flights to Basco, Batanes and Taipei, Taiwan and their respective return trips on Friday due to the effects of Typhoon Hanna.

The following are affected flights as of 8 p.m. Thursday:


  • M8 816 Manila – Basco
  • M8 817 Basco – Manila


  • PR890 Manila – Taipei
  • PR891 Taipei – Manila
  • PR2696 Clark – Basco
  • PR2697 Basco – Clark
  • PR2688 Clark – Basco
  • PR2689 Basco – Clark

PAL said affected passengers may rebook and refund within 30 days from their original flight date, with rebooking or refunding fees waived.    [SOURCE]