Two whale watching boats destroyed by fire in Hualien County port

Two whale watching boats docked at a port in Hualien County were completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning today, January 17. The vessel “Sea Whale No.1” caught fire at around 3:30 am at Shiti Port in Fengbin Township. Coast Guard officers attempted to put out the fire using fire extinguishers, but were not able to bring the fire under control. Hualien County Fire Department dispatched three vehicles and four personnel to the

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Tech factory fire takes 9 hours to extinguish

Firefighters in Hsinchu County worked through the night to extinguish a fire that destroyed a three-storey building at a factory complex in Hukou Township, finally extinguishing the blaze shortly after 6:00 am. Hsinchu County Fire Department received reports of a fire at the Excelsior Technology Inc complex in Hsinchu Industrial Park shortly after 9:00 pm, yesterday, January 15. The fire department dispatched 33 vehicles and 78 personnel to battle the blaze. Specialist chemical disaster units were dispatched due to the

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Factory destroyed by violent fire in Changhua County

A factory producing plastic foam flooring material was completely razed to the ground after what firefighters described as a “violent fire” in Changhua County today, December 10. Changhua County Fire Department received reports of the fire in Renli Village, Tianwei Township, at 2:07 pm. The fire department dispatched teams from six fire stations, with a total of 33 fire trucks and 69 personnel to battle the blaze.  A large quantity of flammable plastic and petrochemical raw materials, combined with windy

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Taiwan’s first earthquake for 2022 a magnitude 6: some minor damage, no casualties reported

Rockfalls, minor damage to some buildings, and power and water cuts were reported after a magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien County this evening, Monday, January 3. The tremblor struck at 5:46 pm, 56.7 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 19.4 kilometers, according to Earthquake Report 001 of the Central Weather Bureau, marking the first recorded earthquake for 2022. With a magnitude of 6 at the epicenter, the strongest level felt on land

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Gas explosion injures 1, destroys shop in Taichung City

A braised foods vendor was injured when a gas explosion destroyed her store in Taichung City’s North District this morning, January 2. The 43-year-old woman, named Ni, was preparing to open her store on Meiting Street when the explosion occurred at around 8:00 am. According to a preliminary investigation, an improperly closed gas cylinder caused an accumulation of gas in the store. When Ni lit a stove, the gas was ignited. Ni was knocked over as windows shattered on the

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Explosion at key defense aerospace company kills 1, injures 6

An explosion and fire at one of Taiwan’s key defense prime aerospace facilities left one person dead and six injured today, Wednesday, December 29. At 10:12 am, an explosion at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation facility shook buildings in the surrounding Xitun District, in Taichung City. According to reports, a dust explosion occurred due to an accumulation of aluminium alloy dust in a dust collection area. Taichung City Fire Department dispatched units from Zhonggang, Shuinan, Xitun, Liming and other fire

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Parts of Tainan City plunged into darkness after 4.6 magnitude earthquake causes power outage in southern Taiwan

More than 10, 000 households were affected by a power outage following a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in Tainan City this evening, but no other damage was reported. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, the tremblor struck 36.4 kilometers east-northeast of Tainan City Hall at a depth of 9.4 kilometers at 6:59 pm. The highest intensity was felt in Nanxi, and Xinhua districts of Tainan City at a level four. A power outage followed due to a trip at the Nanhua

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Indonesian caregiver, employer, die in fire in Taitung City

An Indonesian national, and the daughter-in-law of the elderly woman she cared for were both declared dead, and two other people were injured when rescued from a burning mixed commercial and residential building in Taitung City in the early hours of this morning, December 21. The Taitung City Fire Department dispatched personnel after reports of a fire at a pharmacy on Xingsheng Road at around 1:00 am. Firefighters deployed water lines to fight the fire and simultaneously dispatched personnel to

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Couple rescued after son doesn’t want to get up for school, sets fire to house

Firefighters in Changhua County rescued two people after their son set fire to the house because he didn’t want to get up for school this morning, Monday, December 20. The Changhua County Fire Department received a report of a fire in the house in Tianzhong Township at 7:41 am. Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor of the house on fire, and two people calling for help from the upper floors. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a 39-year-old woman

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Offshore earthquake rattles residents of northern and central Taiwan

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Yilan County on Taiwan’s northeastern coast was felt as a level 3 in parts of Yilan and Hsinchu counties, and a level 1 as far away as Chiayi County. At 9:05 pm, the tremblor struck 33.3 kilometers northeast from the Yilan County Government Office at a focal depth of 106 kilometers. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, the quake was felt with magnitudes as follow: [Level 3]: Niudou in Yilan

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