A major earthquake (M2 =7.6) occurred near the town of Chi-Chi in Nantou county, central Taiwan, at 1:47 a.m., 21 September 1999, local time (UTC is 17:47, 20 September 1999), about 150 km south of Taipei. As of 13 October 1999 Taiwan's Interior Department record shows that the death toll is 2,333 and 10,002 people were injured. Thousands of houses collapsed, making more than 100,000 people homeless. This disastrous earthquake provided a wealth of modern digital data for seismology and earthquake engineering because an extensive six-year seismic instrumentation program for Taiwan was successfully implemented three years ago...

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