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Website to check underground cables, pipelines near homes

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Residents of Taipei can now use a government website to check what types of underground cables and pipelines run near their homes.

In the wake of a series of gas explosions that destroyed many houses in Kaohsiung, many people are now curious in regard to the types of pipelines buried under the roads in front of their homes.

According to the Department of Economic Development of the Taipei City Government, eight categories of cables and pipelines are buried underground, including electric lines, telecommunication lines, and pipelines used to transport sanitized water, waste water, rain water, natural gas, and oil.

According to the Taipei City Government, there are oil pipelines transporting CPC Corp's oil under Nankang Software Park. The government said that there are electric devices installed to prevent explosions, and to mitigate damage should accidents occur.

Taipei City Government recently held a press conference to publicize a website ( which allows local residents to find out the types of pipelines and cables hiding near their properties. Online registration is required before accessing the information.

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