Nearly 7% Taipei land prone to landslides, plate movement: study

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/26
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Almost 7 percent of the land in Taipei is vulnerable to landslides

Road in New Taipei (CNA file photo)

Road in New Taipei (CNA file photo)

and tectonic plate movement, but is not categorized as unsafe for construction, according to the findings of a government geological study that was released Wednesday.

The vulnerable areas in Taipei total 18.5 square kilometers, or 6.81 percent of the city’s land area, the study by the Central Geological Survey under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) showed.

The geological sensitive areas are mostly in the mountains around the Taipei Basin, in the districts of Beitou, Shilin, Neihu, Zhongshan, Nangang, Xinyi, Da’an and Wenshan, according to the report.

MOEA officials said the areas are categorized as grade-two environmentally sensitive, which means there is no ban on construction projects there.     [FULL  STORY]

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