UBC Civil In The Media – 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

The strongest earthquake in a quarter-century rocked Taiwan during the morning rush hour Wednesday, killing nine people, stranding dozens of workers at quarries and sending some residents scrambling out the windows of damaged buildings.

The quake, which also injured more than 1,000, was centred off the coast of rural, mountainous Hualien County, where some buildings leaned at severe angles, their ground floors crushed.

Several faculty members from UBC Civil Engineering spoke to the media to offer their analysis and expertise on earthquake response and resilient infrastructure.

Major earthquake strikes off of Taiwan’s coast, killing at least 9 and injuring hundredsCBC News

Dr. Trevor Carey discusses the performance between newer or updated infrastructure and older, non-retrofitted buildings.

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Having visited Taiwan after the 2022 earthquakes to assess the damage, Dr. Carey highlights the significant investments made by Taiwan in updating and retrofitting infrastructure to withstand seismic events and what we can learn from them about earthquake preparedness and resilience.

Recovery efforts underway after quake in TaiwanCTV News

Dr. Tony Yang speaks to CTV News about Taiwan’s earthquake engineering and alert system.

Taiwan earthquake: Will seismic activity in Vancouver follow?Vancouver is Awesome

Dr. Yang discusses the possible impacts the Taiwan earthquake might have on BC in the future.

Taiwan earthquake: Island’s worst quake in 25 years after devastating 1999 tremor left 2,400 deadMirror

Dr. Yang was quoted talking about resilient infrastructure that is more capable of withstanding earthquake shaking.

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