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High Speed Rail service suspended for 88 mins after earthquake

2018/03/20 22:33:54

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Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Corporation suspended service for 88 minutes, according to THSR, following a magnitude 5.2 earthquake that shook southern Taiwan Tuesday.

THSR explained that the suspension of service was undertaken after a reading of 207 Gals, a unit used to measure the acceleration of earthquakes. As a result, personnel were dispatched to conduct safety inspections at stations and other facilities within a 14 kilometer radius of the epicenter of the quake.

Services stopped at 5:23 p.m, at which time only one train was in the area between Tainan and Chiayi, traveling northwards. Inspections were completed at 6:45 p.m. confirming the safety of facilities and structures inspected.

Operations on the High Speed Rail system were resumed after service was suspended for approximately 88 minutes.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 30.7 kilometers east of Chiayi County Hall at a depth of 17.9 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau's Seismology Center.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Chiayi's Dapu Township and Nanxi District in nearby Tainan City, where it measured 5 on Taiwan's 7-tiered intensity scale. It was felt in central and southern Taiwan.

(By Wang Shu-fen and William Yen)