Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake, September 21, 1999
On September 21, 1999, at 1:47 AM local time, a magnitude MW 7.6 earthquake was felt
throughout the island of Taiwan. A five county area, including the city of Taichung,
experienced the greatest number of casualties and most severe damage. 2,405 deaths
and 10,718 injuries were reported. As many as 82,000 housing units were damaged or
destroyed, resulting in nearly 600,000 people being temporarily or permanently displaced
from their homes.