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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6 people on one scooter spotted in Taipei City

A family of six was seen riding a scooter across Bailing Bridge in Taipei City, December 7, and some YouTube viewers suggested that the government should give them a free SUV. Dashcam footage uploaded to a popular YouTube channel showed two adults and four children crammed onto the motorcycle as it headed into Shilin District. Assumed to be a man and wife, two children stood on the floorboard, while a toddler sat between the adults, and the mother held a

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Police find gun and bullets hidden in fake bible

Police searching a vehicle belonging to a man suspected of using a gun to intimidate debt collectors in Taipei City, Friday, found a pistol and ammunition hidden in a box disguised as a bible. Police were responding to a report October 22, after a man walked into an “asset management” company on Minquan East Road, Taipei City, brandishing a handgun at around 1:00 pm. The man, named Hsu, expressed dissatisfaction at the asset management company’s attempts to collect a debt

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Rockfall crushes parked cars in Taipei City

Three cars parked beneath a steep slope in Neihu District, Taipei City, were badly damaged by fallen boulders after a rockfall caused by heavy rain generated by Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu this morning, October 11. The Taipei City Government was notified of the rockfall at at Lane 456 Chenggong Road, at around 7:30 am . A total of four cars were damaged, but fortunately there were no injuries reported. Police blocked the road section while engineers examined the slope and

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Employee launches unsuccessful car attack on uni admin center after work performance criticized

A university employee drank whiskey and smoked marijuana before attempting to drive his car into the administration center of Taipei National University of the Arts, yesterday, September 9. According to the police investigation, the 57-year-old man, named Lee, worked as a housekeeper and administrator at a university dormitory. Lee became disgruntled after he was called in for an interview during which his work performance was criticized. In response, Lee, who is said to come from a well-off family, drove his

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Theater stages comeback in Taipei with Post Pandemic Renaissance

After a long pandemic winter for theater lovers in Taipei, Post Pandemic Renaissance Theater Company is on a mission to bring a blossoming spring of culture, with invigorating new plays, and timeless classics, for both local and global audiences. Post Pandemic Renaissance (PPR) is is made up of professional and amateur theater artists dedicated to bringing high quality performances and entertainment experiences to audiences every Friday at two Taipei City venues, Co-founder and Artistic Producer, Stewart Glen told Taiwan English

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Northern Taiwan pelted with rain: flood warnings issued for Greater Taipei

Torrential rain caused by a confluence of a rainy season front and peripheral circulation from a tropical storm has caused flooding in parts of Taipei City and New Taipei City this afternoon, Friday, June 4. The Central Weather Bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning and extremely heavy rain warning for Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City this afternoon, warning residents of Greater Taipei an surrounding mountain districts to be careful of instantaneous heavy rainfall which may “cause disasters.”

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Two Taipei City police officers slashed by homeless man who refused to wear mask

One police officer was cut on his neck, and another on his hand, after a homeless man reported for not wearing a mask attacked them with a machete at Taipei Main Station today, May 22. Police from the Zhongxiao West Road police station went to the south gate of the station plaza after a member of the public reported that a man was loitering near the station entrance without wearing a surgical mask at around 5:00 pm. The two police

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Taipei City Mayor accidentally flips the bird during live broadcast

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je appeared to be giving someone the finger during a live broadcast today, May 18, but it turns out that he was just trying to make a point. Mayor Ko said that there was good news amidst bad today, noting that the percentage of positive results at rapid testing stations in the city had fallen from 11% on the first day, to 4.7% today. Ko explained that on the first day of rapid testing, May 14,

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Gangster fires on cops in Wanhua District, Taipei City

A gangster with a history of firearms offences fired one shot at police in an attempt to evade arrest after being ambushed in Wanhua District, Taipei City today, March 7. Banqiao District police went to Wanhua District to arrest the 47-year-old Four Seas Gang member, named Chen, after receiving intelligence that he would be visiting friends at noon today. Nine police officers, in plain clothes, positioned themselves around a building on the corner of Xining South Road and Kaifeng Street.

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