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Nearly 7% Taipei land prone to landslides, plate movement: study

Nearly 7% Taipei land prone to landslides, plate movement: study

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Almost 7 percent of the land in Taipei is vulnerable to landslides and tectonic plate movement, but is not categorized as unsafe for construction, according to the findings of a government geological study that was released Wednesday. The vulnerable areas in Taipei total 18.5 square kilometers, or 6.81 percent of the city's land area, the study by the Central Geological Survey under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) showed. The geological sensitive areas are mostly in the mountains around the Taipei Basin, in the districts of Beitou, Shilin, Neihu, Zhongshan, Nangang, Xinyi, Da'an and Wenshan, according to the report. MOEA officials said the areas are categorized as grade-two environmentally sensitive, which means there is no ban on construction projects there. However, any applications for land development permission in those areas must be accompanied by a geological survey and geological safety assessment, the officials said. In New Taipei, meanwhile, 9.16 percent of the land, or 188.03 sq km, is classified as vulnerable to landslides and plate movements, the report showed. It also said that in Keelung, where there are many hills and mountains, the sensitive areas total 21.83 sq km, or 16.44 percent of the port city's size. MOEA officials said there is no immediate safety risk in the sensitive areas identified in the study but people who are concerned about the safety of their existing facilities should hire professional technicians to conduct assessments. The report was based on a geological study of environmentally sensitive areas in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung, all in northern Taiwan. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 13:47 GMT+08:00