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Giant steel owl memorial debuts in Kaohsiung just in time for Qixi
Two giant steel sculptures of perched owls made their debut in a rural community of Kaohsiung Saturday, just in time for the Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day.
 
The Kaohsiung Environmental Protection Bureau (EPA) yesterday morning detected 10 ppm (parts per million) of propene on the Ersheng Road (二聖路) -- one of the locations where gas explosions took place, saying that, however, the cause of the blasts is yet to be determined.
 
Donations from companies and individuals around Taiwan are pouring in to help with post-disaster relief efforts after a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung late Thursday.
 
About 12,000 people displaced by a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung Thursday night are being sheltered at 10 emergency centers at local schools, the city government said Friday.
 
Donations from companies and individuals around Taiwan are pouring in to help with post-disaster relief efforts after a series of gas explosions in Kaohsiung late Thursday.
 
Flags will be flown at half-mast for three days in Taiwan next week to mourn the deaths in the Kaohsiung explosions Thursday night and the plane crash in Penghu a week earlier, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday.
 
Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port
At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.
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The number of people killed in multiple gas explosions in Kaohsiung overnight increased to 25 as of 1:45 p.m. Friday, another 267 people were injured.
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President Ma Ying-jeou rushed to the Central Emergency Operation Center in Xindian, New Taipei, Friday morning for a briefing on the aftermath of a gas explosion in Kaohsiung.
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Chemical stocks in Taiwan took a dive Friday after a series of gas explosions rocked Kaohsiung Thursday night, killing 25 people and injuring 267, dealers said.
 
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