TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck eastern Taiwan on Monday evening (Jan. 3), with level 4 shock waves being registered in Taipei and New Taipei, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) announced that MRT trains will operate at reduced speed as a precaution.
The temblor struck 56.7 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a focal depth of 19.4 km at 5:46 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). An intensity level of 4 was registered in Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Yilan County.
The TRTC stated that after receiving the earthquake-related information at 5:47 p.m., it immediately reduced the speed of trains in accordance with its standard operating procedure after a seismic event. Thus far, there have not been any reports of problems in the MRT system.
The Taipei City Government said that due to the intensity of the shock, the Taipei Emergency Operation Center had activated a Level 3 alert. The Public Works Department, Department of Urban Development, and Fire Department immediately dispatched personnel to MRT stations, and other units set up an emergency response team and launched damage assessments to prepare for possible search and rescue actions.