4 missing after offshore construction platform partially capsizes in Guangdong, China

Chinese marine search and rescue services are searching for four people missing after an offshore construction platform tilted dangerously, flooding the deck and almost capsizing off the coast of Huizhou in Guangdong Province today, July 25. According to CCTV, the Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration began a search and rescue operation after receiving reports of the accident at around 11:00 am this morning. The 90-meter-long, 50-meter-wide offshore construction platform SHENG PING 001 began tilting while working on the CGN New Energy

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Paiwan Warrior wins Olympic silver for Taiwan

Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯) took the silver medal in Judo’s 60 kilogram category, marking the country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics and its first ever Olympic medal for Judo, on the first day of competition, Saturday, July 24. Japan’s Takato Naohisa won the gold medal, while the bronze was shared by France’s Luka Mkheidze and Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov. 23-year-old Yang, of the Paiwan indigenous people, and from Taichung City, previously won silver medals at the 2019 Asian Pacific Judo

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City government to disinfect parks, green spaces ahead of reopening

The Hsinchu City Government will disinfect 125 parks and 26 green spaces around the city starting tomorrow ahead of an expected public influx into areas restricted to the public since May 19. Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien said today that will expand the city’s major disinfection before the epidemic alert downgrade so that people can access facilities with peace of mind. The Hsinchu City Environmental Protection Bureau will lead the disinfection efforts by deploying teams to spray trees, lawns, pathways, fitness facilities and playground

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Taiwan avoids direct hit but Typhoon In-Fa brings heavy rain, landslides, rockfalls to mountain districts

The Water and Soil Conservation Bureau issued 72 red-alert warnings for landslides and rockfalls in northern districts of Taiwan as heavy rain generated by Typhoon In-Fa continues to inundate the area, Saturday, July 24. Heavy rain began to pound northern Taiwan from Wednesday evening as the tropical storm approached the area, only to stop and hover over the Yaeyama Islands for two days before finally moving away in a north-northwest direction. While the Central Weather Bureau lifted the sea warning

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Tropical Storm In-Fa intensifying and heading for northeastern Taiwan

Tropical Storm In-Fa is looking more likely to strike Taiwan according to forecasts by local and international weather agencies, and sea and land warnings could by issued as early as tomorrow says Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau. In-Fa, this year’s sixth named tropical storm is currently located around 800 kilometers east of Taiwan and moving west at a speed of around 14 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB. The storm has a central pressure of 980 hPa with maximum sustained

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Woman electrocuted while wading through floodwater in Kaohsiung City

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after collapsing beside a transformer box on a flooded sidewalk in Kaohsiung City yesterday, and it is suspected that she was electrocuted due to exposed wires on a lamp post. The 39-year-old woman named Kao was holding an umbrella and walking through floodwater on Sanmin Road late yesterday afternoon after thunderstorms inundated Kaohsiung City and surrounding districts with more than 100 millimeters of rain in just over an hour, causing sudden

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10-vehicle expressway pile-up leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in New Taipei City

One man died, and two people suffered minor injuries after 10 vehicles were involved in a crash on Provincial Highway 64 in New Taipei City this morning, July 14. Police and fire fighters responded to reports of the pile-up at around 10:45 am in the westbound lanes at the Bali Interchange ramp. According to reports, two gravel trucks, 5 other trucks, and three passenger vehicles were involved in the crash. Two people suffered minor injuries. A man named Hsu suffered

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Swarm of 30 earthquakes shakes Taiwan’s east coast this morning

A series of 27 earthquakes with the largest at magnitude 5.2 centered in Hualien County shook Taiwan’s east coast this morning but only minor damage was reported. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that the earthquakes are probably aftershocks from a rare double-main shock event that happened last week. Tuesday and Wednesday July 7 and 8 saw a series of 15 earthquakes with two shocks over magnitude 5 centered around Shoufong Township. At 6:52 am this morning, July 14, a

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Jogger killed by lightning strike in Miaoli City

A man died after being struck by lightning while jogging when a thunderstorm hit the area in Miaoli City yesterday evening, July 13. The Miaoli City Fire Department received reports that a man had been struck by lightning on a pathway atop the riverside levee bank opposite the National Miaoli Agricultural and Industrial Vocational High School at 6:25 pm. Fire department paramedics found the 31-year-old man, named Liu, without vital signs, and with injuries consistent with that of a lightning

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Workers at Taiwanese factory in Vietnam knock down gates and leave after being locked in for COVID tests

Hundreds of workers at a Taiwanese-owned factory in Vietnam knocked down the steel gate and went home after being locked in for COVID screening after an employee tested positive, Saturday, July 10. While some reports paint a picture of workers panicking and fleeing in fear after hearing that one of their coworkers was infected, it appears that the workers actually knocked down the gates and went home after being sealed in for mandatory COVID testing at the end of a

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Tesla fire in Tainan City took 20 tons of water, 1 hour to extinguish

Firefighters in Tainan City used an estimated 20 tons of water to fight a fire after a Tesla electric car caught fire following a crash in Tainan City last week, according to the Tainan City Fire Bureau. Captain Chiu Yuan-ming (邱淵明) said that normally around three tons of water is required to extinguish an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle fire. However, much more water is required to extinguish an electric vehicle fire. According to the traffic police investigation, the 43-year-old

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