In the wake of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the 18th, many indigenous residents of Hualien's Gufeng Village are choosing to sleep outside. In other news, people that want to know if they live on a fault line can check the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Geological Survey website to check fault maps by either entering their address or a nearby landmark.
In the wake of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the 18th, many indigenous residents of Hualien's Gufeng Village are choosing to sleep outside. Wary of aftershocks, they say they don't feel safe in their homes.
Citizen: “There are no early warnings for earthquakes, and you never know when they will strike. It's really scary. This most recent one was really terrifying.”
Citizen: “It was so scary. I'm sleeping outside today. I feel safer that way. (Really? Won't you be cold or...?) What can I do? I'm too scared to go inside. ”
In the wake of the earthquake, many people are complaining that they did not receive a governmental alert and calling themselves "marginalized minorities." The Central Weather Bureau says the public warning system is only activated for earthquakes of magnitude 5 or above with a municipal intensity of 4 or above.
Chiu Chun-ta, Section Chief, CWB Seismological Center: “You'll only get a governmental alert if an earthquake is at least magnitude 5 and the local intensity level where you are is at least 4. ”
Those that want to see if they are living on or near a fault line can visit the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Geological Survey website to check fault maps by either entering their address or a nearby landmark.