2019-04-18 17:00:00 / Central Emergency Operations Center
0418 Earthquake – Central Disaster Response Center
April 18, 2019
Premier SU of the Executive Yuan and Minister HSU of the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan) sit with giving command in the Earthquake – Central Disaster Response Center set up at the first moment on April 18
An earthquake with Richter magnitude reaching 6.1 occurred 19 kilometers deep under the ground at 13:01 on April 18 in Xiulin Township, Hualien County and the Central Disaster Response Center was established at 13:10 on the same day.
Su Zhen-Chang, Premier of the Executive Yuan, and HSU GUO-YONG, the Minister of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan), supervised and gave command for the disaster rescue work at the Center on the first moment, guiding the Central Disaster Response Center to activate a space intelligence team to deploy helicopters to operate aerial survey task to master the disaster situation comprehensively. With the consideration of any aftershocks thereafter, the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan) was requested to collect manpower and equipment for rescue and disaster relief properly, keeping having survey toward the trapped people and mastering rescue works, being sure to check if any one person is trapped in the mountains. In addition, if there is any place requiring saving people life and support for the search and rescue required by local governments, there shall be proper measures as much as possible in place. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications
, National Communication Commission (NCC) and local governments are requested to launch a check on any key infrastructures affected by the earthquake and damages such as roads, bridges, power plants, reservoirs, hydropower maintenance pipelines, communication facilities, etc., and shall give them rapid service without hesitation, in particular, those places with water and power outages currently shall resume supply as soon as possible.
The disaster situation throughout Taiwan includes 2 people (1 male with leg injured and 1 female with head injury) hit by the falling rocks on the 8th line of the Green Water Trail in Hualien County and they have gotten out of the trouble and sent to the hospital with the help by policemen; 3 cases of gas leak have been processed; evacuation measures have been I ncompletion for 2 cases of house tilting and civil technicians are evaluating the situation on site right now. The trouble caused by being trapped in 9 cases of elevator have been resolved. The total count of people injured in Taiwan so far has summed up to 17.
The Central Disaster Response Center held its second working meeting at 16:30 on April 18, 2019. The commander requested every functional team to reconfirm itemized post-disaster recovery and reconstruction work, advising the following key points:
- In accordance with the meteorological bureau's intelligent analysis, intermittent rainfall will come down to the Eastern Taiwan caused by frontal surface. With the consideration that there may be multiple aftershocks in the Hualien area, resulting in loose soil and rock due to the infiltration of rainwater on slopes along the road. The Council of Agriculture (COA) is requested to keep carrying out the alert and survillience on the potential streams uring landslides. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is requested to reinforce the patrol and alert, carrying out prior warning measures to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.
- In the current damage situation of buildings in Taipei City, the Construction Department of the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan) is requested to keep mastering and assisting local governments in the identification of tilted buildings to avoid the second occurrence of disasters, also, providing the public viewpoints of advice to explain any and all messages related with the structural safety of buildings with the use of multiple channels including but not limited to media and networks.
- We express our thanks to every Ministry and Department’s embodiment of versified disaster rescue service by stationing in Central Disaster Response Center on the first moment; they are requested to master disaster situation with all related bureaus and divisions subordinated under local governments actively in a comprehensive manner and perform their duties on the communication with the society during this period.
- Life-saving phase has come to an end so far. On behalf of the Commander, I hereby announce that the Reponse Centre is about to reorganize into the Level 3 at 16:30 today, also, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Construction Department of the Ministry of the Interior, R.O.C. (Taiwan) will keep dispatching staffs to facilitate the operation. Every Ministry and Department shall keep carrying out various disaster prevention and rescue missions on its powers and duties.
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) and the Fans Page on the Facebook of National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior (www.facebook.com/NFA999/
). (Composed by: Lung, Chia-Yu, TEL: 02-81966100).