Train, metro services temporarily halted due to earthquake

Taipei,  Train and metro services were temporarily halted in some parts of Taiwan after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the country Thursday night.

According to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), trains operating in areas north of Miaoli and in Yilan ceased operations and will resume operations only after inspections confirm the railway tracks have not been damaged.

Trains from Hualien and Changhua to Chiayi reduced speed and will only return to normal operations after the rails and electric cables have been inspected, TRA said.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation said some train services between Nangkang and Taichung were delayed while inspections are carried out.

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said metro trains reduced speed after the quake struck at 9:19 p.m., but normal operations were resumed at 9:36 p.m.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading contract chipmaker, said some workers at plants in northern Taiwan were evacuated, but operations remain normal.

According to Hsinchu Science Park Administration, no plants inside the park were damaged by the earthquake.

Operations at factories in the park and Yilan Science Park, which falls under the administration’s jurisdiction, have not been impacted. It said more inspections will be carried out to determine whether buildings were damaged by the temblor.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was felt across Taiwan. Its epicenter was located at sea, about 27.2 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 76.8 km., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The earthquake’s highest intensity, which gauges its actual effect, was in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Taichung cities and Yilan, Hualien, Hsinchu, Nantou, Miaoli, Yunlin and Chiayi counties, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale, the CWB said.

The temblor measured an intensity 3 in Keelung, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Tainan cities and Taitung and Changhua counties, while 2 was recorded in Pingtung County and the offshore county of Penghu, and 1 on the Matsu Islands, it said.

The quake was the strongest this year and the CWB warned there are likely to be aftershocks measuring 4.0 magnitude in the following days.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries or major damage from the quake.

Yilan County reported fallen power lines, while authorities said bricks and steel bars fell off an abandoned building in Hsinchu City, damaging six cars and a scooter parked nearby the building.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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