Earthquake Aftermath: Destruction in Tainan caused by ‘site effect’: experts

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 09, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The destruction in Tainan following a strong earthquake on Saturday was largely due to a geological factor called the “site effect,” which was why the city sustained more serious damage than the area of the quake’s epicenter, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) Director-General Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤) said.

Kaohsiung’s Meinong District (美濃), the center of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake, hardly suffered any damage, while parts of neighboring Tainan were devastated, Shin said.

He said most earthquakes in southern Taiwan are concentrated along a fault line stretching from Jiasian (甲仙) in Kaohsiung to Sinhua (新化) in Tainan.     [FULL  STORY]

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