May 31, 2018 Human Rights Comments Off on Text service for post-earthquake report canceled: NCC
Taipei, May 31 (CNA) The National Communications Commission (NCC) announced Thursday that it is canceling, with immediate effect, its post-earthquake report service but maintaining the quake emergency alert in an effort to end confusion between the two.
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) started providing both services in May 2016 as part of the country's Public Warning System (PWS), which sends text messages to the public after an earthquake.
The "Earthquake Report" is a post-quake service in which mobile phone users are notified via text message about five minutes after a quake, in cases where an earthquake has an intensity of two or above in Taipei or three or above in other cities.
In contrast, the emergency quake alert is issued to the public about 10 seconds after a magnitude-5 earthquake (or stronger) with an intensity of three or above in Taipei and four or above in other areas.
According to the NCC, the public has found it difficult to distinguish between the two services since their introduction two years ago, which has led many to conclude inaccurately that the warning system is slow and inefficient.
As such, the weather bureau filed a request with the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction and received approval to end the earthquake report text messaging service, the NCC said.
However, earthquake reports can still be viewed on the CWB website, it added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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