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In the past few years, large earthquakes and torrential rain hit southern Taiwan and induced severe submarine hazards off the SW coast. Marine sediments (turbidites) provide valuable records with which to study and understand the formation of these submarine geo-hazards. The Pingtung Earthquake (two major events (ML=7.0) plus many aftershocks), on 26 December 2006, triggered turbidity currents that severed submarine cables in the Fangliao and Gaoping submarine canyons. This caused significant economic loss. In addition to earthquake activity, typhoons and torrential rains that induced flooding are also important mechanisms responsible for the formation of turbidites. On...

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