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School students to take part in Sept. 21 earthquake drill

2012/07/05 17:02:59

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) An earthquake drill to be held Sept. 21, in which school children around the country will take part, was described Tuesday by Premier Sean Chen as a "meaningful event" that will require cooperation by relevant agencies.

Speaking at a quarterly meeting on disaster prevention and protection, Chen also instructed that a task force be created to study ways to enhance the country's infrastructure after he heard a research report by the National Science Council on possible scenarios should Taiwan be struck by tsunamis.

The office for disaster prevention and protection under the Cabinet noted that drills for natural disasters have been held every Sept. 21 since 2000, when the day was designated as a national day of disaster prevention.

On that day a year earlier, Taiwan was hit by a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that had its epicenter in the central county of Nantou.

This year, the office said, the goal of the drill is to have the nation's school-age children take part in a drill that will teach them how to take cover within the space of one minute.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Kay Liu)