Red Brick Daily

 

Some 30% of land in the Taiwanese capital Taipei has a medium-to-high vulnerability to soil liquefaction during a strong earthquake, according to government surveys.

Vulnerable areas include the land under the 101 Tower.

The soil liquefaction database (accessed at:  http://soil2.Taipei/) sorts Taipei into five land categories: high, medium, low, and no risk of soil liquefaction, with a final category for areas with insufficient sample data.

 

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(Photo from database shows Taipei areas prone to soil liquefaction)

 

Soil liquefaction makes an area much more likely to suffer serious damage in the event of a major earthquake.

Since late 1999, the government has required new buildings to be designed in a manner that accounts for potential soil liquefaction.

Most realty brokers, however, don’t think the release of this latest database will have a major impact on Taipei property prices.

People have been aware of soil liquefaction for some time … but housing prices in the capital city — including luxury houses located on land prone to soil liquefaction — have yet to slide, realty experts note.

That is; until the next BIG one …

 

More info regarding soil liquefaction in other parts of Taiwan here: http://www.moeacgs.gov.tw/2016.htm

 

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