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Traffic in Keelung returns to normal in wake of landslide

TAIPEI -- Traffic on a coastal road in Keelung returned to normal Sunday evening after a landslide occurred in the northern Taiwan city due to heavy rain, according to the city's fire department.

At around 2:30 p.m., more than 10 rocks tumbled down a hill on to Huhai Road west of downtown Keelung and brought traffic to a halt, with the biggest rock weighing an estimated 1 ton, the department said. No casualties were reported.

Traffic resumed at 5 p.m. after the rocks were cleared, the department said.

On Aug. 31, 2013, video of a 300-ton rock tumbling down a hill and just missing a car near Bisha Fishing Port east of downtown Keelung grabbed worldwide attention.

To ensure public safety, Keelung officials decided to use non-explosive demolition agents to break apart an even bigger rock precariously perched at the top of the same hill, a process that took 12 days to complete.

The Directorate General of Highways, meanwhile, decided to close part of the Alishan Highway in Chiayi County for precautionary reasons from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6:30 a.m. Monday as traffic there has been continuously disrupted by rockfalls.

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