Volcano warning system ready by year’s end: CWB

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 07, 2020 page2
By: Hsiao Yu-Hsin and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Sunday said that it would unveil a three-level warning system for volcanic eruptions by the end of this year, amid concerns about the Datun Volcano Group (大屯火山群) and Turtle Island (Gueishan Island, 龜山島).

An Academia Sinica research team led by Lin Cheng-horng (林正洪) last year announced that a long-term study had concluded that the Datun group in northern Taiwan and Turtle Island, which is off Yilan County, are active, meaning that they must have erupted within the past 10,000 years and have magma reservoirs under them.

The warning system would use data on volcano-related earthquakes, ground temperature and surface deformation as references for normal values, the bureau’s Seismological Center said, adding that volcanic eruptions are easier to predict than tsunamis or earthquakes.

The bureau and the Ministry of Science and Technology have set up observation stations on Datunshan (大屯山) to monitor volcanic activity, the center said.    [FULL  STORY]

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