Travel Alert February 2018: Earthquake in Taiwan

At least four fatalities were reported; 225 people were injured; and greater than 140 people are reported missing as a result of a major earthquake which rocked eastern Taiwan earlier this evening, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 which measured on the Richter scale as a magnitude of 6.4.

Travel Alert February 2018: Earthquake in Taiwan

Taiwan had already been rocked by one major earthquake on Sunday, February 4, 2018 which occurred 21 kilometers north northeast of Hualian in Taiwan at a magnitude of 6.1. The earthquake which occurred today occurred 22 kilometers north northeast of Hualian at a magnitude of 6.1.

One hotel is amongst the buildings which severely tilted as a result of the earthquake.

An earthquake which occurred exactly two years ago measured at a magnitude of 6.4 quake, which resulted in 115 fatalities due to an apartment complex in southern Taiwan which collapsed.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Taipei or elsewhere in Taiwan over the next few days, expect possible delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these earthquakes which may adversely affect your travel plans — especially due to aftershocks.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of the affected areas, watch out for traffic problems due to crumbled infrastructure — some bridges and highways were closed as a precautionary measure — although travel by train seems to be unaffected.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the earthquakes; and interestingly, Eva Air — which is based in Taipei — has not officially issued a travel alert at this time:

  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through Thursday, February 15, 2018; and Wednesday, February 28, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued a travel alert for Taipei for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through Sunday, February 11, 2018; and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Although Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport appears to be open for business as usual, more airlines could issue travel waivers if they serve Taipei as a result of this latest earthquake — and if they do, I intend to update you with the latest details.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Taiwan.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert February 2018: Earthquake in Taiwan”

  1. nnanet login says:

    Pray for Taiwan and Newcastle UTD

  2. WeKnowNotes says:

    After the earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, Taiwan’s premier said at least 144 people were injured, almost 14 miles east-northeast of Hualian. The earthquake was seen around 11:50 p.

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