Traffic in Keelung returns to normal in wake of landslide
May 12, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
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.