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Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake, September 21, 1999

browse graphicPartially collapsed 15-story high-rise building. Building was constructed of reinforced concrete with infill brick partitions. There was beam column joint failure at the fa??ade and the first floor collapsed in the right section of the building.
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.
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    • TIFF
    Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Dataset Point of Contact Hazards Data Manager
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI> National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    haz.info@noaa.gov
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    Date(s)
    • publication: 1999-09-21
    Edition: first
    Dataset Progress Status Complete
    Data Update Frequency: Not planned
    Purpose: To provide hazard information.
    Originator(s)
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (comp)
    Publisher(s)
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Time Period: Unknown to Unknown
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 24
    S: 24
    E: 121
    W: 120.5
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Theme keywords
    • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Seismology > Earthquake Occurrences
    • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Seismology > Earthquake Dynamics
    • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Tectonics > Faults
    • INFOTERRA > Disasters > Catastrophic Phenomena > Earthquakes
    • INFOTERRA > Lithosphere > Seismic Activity > Seismic Activity
    Data Center keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Place keywords
    • Asia > Taiwan > Nan-t'ou Chen > Chi-chi
    Project keywords
    • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
    Use Constraints
    • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
    Access Constraints
    • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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    Processing Steps
    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
    Last Modified: 2015-10-14
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