Vietnam Government Comes Clean on Toxic Waste: Formosa to Blame

The government of Vietnam has at last announced the results of an investigation into a massive fish-kill in the central coastal provinces. The fish-kill was caused by toxic pollutants released from a steel-mill owned by Taiwan-based industrial conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. The announcement was made late afternoon Thursday June 30. Citizens have long known the steel-mill in Ha Tinh Province was responsible for the disaster, but the government, who didn’t respond to the environmental emergency for the first two weeks

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Typhoon-free Days Record Set to be Broken

Today, June 29, marks 198 days since the last typhoon left the north-west Pacific. The last typhoon weakened, or left the region December 15, 2015. The last time the north-west Pacific saw 198 days without a typhoon was 1998, and before that, 1973. With no tropical depressions currently forming in the region, experts predict the record may surpass 200 days. From today, every day without a typhoon will be an extension of the record.

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Public Protests Animal Abuse at Military Base

A group of around 50 people gathered this evening at the gate of a military base in Kaohsiung to demand an apology for the cruel killing of a dog by soldiers. Earlier in the day, eggs had been thrown into the camp by passers-by. The controversy erupted after Kaohsiung Mayor, Chen Xinyu uploaded a video to You Tube June 26 that showed soldiers hanging a young, white dog. The soldiers had beaten the dog with sticks before hanging it. After

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Sulfuric Fire Fishing

A traditional method of catching Japanese scaled sardines (Sardinella zunasi) was formally recognized as a cultural heritage asset in Taiwan in 2015. This year, tourists are being offered a chance to experience the annual harvest up close. Sulfuric fire fishing involves the use of sulfur, a resource abundant in northern Taiwan, to produce fire from the gas produced when it comes into contact with water. Boat crews use the fire to attract the fish and corral them close to the

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Tourists Rescued After Flash-Flood in Wulai District

Two groups of tourists called emergency services after becoming trapped by floodwaters caused by afternoon thunderstorms in the Wulai District of New Taipei City on Sunday afternoon, June 26. One group was rescued after firefighters and police deployed a ladder into a steep gorge. Another group of 20 people were trapped on a sandbar, and are not considered to be in immediate danger at the time of reporting.

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14 Year-old Drunk Driver Slams into Ambulance

A 14 year-old girl and two of her friends, 14, and 13 years old were injured when the scooter they were riding on crashed into an ambulance in Pingtung County at around 9:30PM Saturday June 25. All three of the teens were rushed to hospital, one in a critical condition. After spending the night in the intensive care unit, the seriously injured girl’s condition has since been reported as stable. The accident happened at an intersection in Hengchun Township. The

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National Pumpkin Contest in Danshui

A New Taipei City farmer won the prize for the biggest pumpkin, and broke the record at the 13th annual National Pumpkin Contest in Danshui, New Taipei City, today June 25. The winning pumpkin weighed in at 656.98 catty (1 catty = 0.5kg). The pumpkins were put on display at Taipei Metro’s Danshui Station. New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu turned up to present the award, and noted that only 5 years ago, approximately 46 hectares of New Taipei City

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Wandan Mud Volcano Flares Up

The mud volcano which is located in Pingtung County in Taiwan’s south, last erupted in late April, created a spectacular light show this evening June 24 as it blazed from 6:00PM. At 10:00PM it was still burning. Residents and visitors took pictures and posted them on social media. The mud volcano erupts periodically at different locations within a roughly 2 kilometer radius, as the pressure of natural gasses builds up. Locals sometimes ignite the gases.

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Storms, Hail, and Tornadoes Sweep Jiangsu Province: 78 Dead

Whole villages were flattened when severe electrical storms brought lightening, hail, gale-force winds, and tornadoes to China’s Jiangsu Province this afternoon. Collapsed buildings, blocked roads, and extensive damage to infrastructure and agricultural production has been reported. The extent of the damage is still being assessed. The death toll at 10:00PM stood at 78, while over 500 were reported injured. Natural disaster emergency management ordinances have been put into effect by the provincial government. A villager reported that the sky turned

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Express Train Derails in Hualian: Carriages Tipped Over

A train derailed in Hualian County near Ruisui Township at around 3PM this afternoon, Wednesday, June 22. Early reports say two people were injured. Expecting a large number of injuries due to the large number of passengers and the severity of the accident, fire-fighters and a large number of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. The number 307 Tz Chiang class express train derailed at 2:49PM, causing one carriage to fall on its side and two others lean over. Although

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Man Busted at Airport: Amphetamine Bound for Australia

A 25 year-old Taiwanese man was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Friday evening, June 17, when he was about to board a plane bound for Brisbane, Australia, carrying 5.4kg of amphetamine in 8 packs taped to his body. Working on a tip-off, police waited for the man, Chen Kun-sheng (陳坤生) in the departure lounge. When he arrived, they established his identity and showed a search warrant. As well as the amphetamine, Mr Chen was found in possession of a

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