Taiwan dispatches its first volcano drill alert

Source(s): Taiwan News

By Huang Tzu-ti

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan issued a volcano warning for some residents of Taipei’s Beitou District Tuesday morning (Dec. 29) in the country's first drill to improve public awareness of the risk of an eruption.

Those living in Beitou's Hutian Borough (湖田里) received a three-minute SMS alert on their mobile phones between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The message indicated that it was a drill dispatched by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).


The CWB has designed a three-tier volcano alert mechanism comprising green, yellow, and red lights. The city governments of Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan have been instructed to set out an emergency plan to prepare for a hypothetical eruption.

Monitoring stations have been set up at the volcanoes by the CWB and the Ministry of Science and Technology to keep a watch on tectonic activity as well as changes in volcanic gases and land surface temperatures. The data will serve as a reference for the CWB alerts.

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