1909 Taipei (Taiwan) Earthquake Archive:

In Memory of Prof. Ta-You Wu (1907-2000)

1909/4/14 19:54 UTC, 25.28 N 121.52 E, Depth=75 km, Mw=7, near Taipei, Taiwan

This earthquake occurred near Taipei, Taiwan, but was located to offshore, east of Hualien in the Seismicity of the Earth book by Gutenberg & Richter (1954).

Endowment Donor: William H. K. Lee
Contributors: William H. K. Lee

This earthquake archive was established in memory of Prof. Ta-You Wu, an eminent Chinese theoretical physicist, educator, and administrator. On April 11, 1969, T. L. Teng, Y. B. Tsai and F. T. Wu proposed to Prof. Wu a project to modernize earthquake monitoring in Taiwan (www.earth.sinica.edu.tw/album/1969/196 9_1.htm). Prof. Wu (Chair of the National Science Council in Taiwan at that time) accepted. This led to the present Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinia, Taipei (www.earth.sinica.edu.tw/index_e.php).

1. Seismograms of the 1909 Taipei (Taiwan) Earthquake

Very few seismograms exist for this earthquake.

Seismograms of the 1909 Taipei (Taiwan) Earthquake to view the seismograms.
[In preparation]

2. Selected References:

Wang, J.-H., Chen, K.-C., Lee, S.-J. & Huang, W.-G., 2011. The 15 April 1909 Taipei earthquake, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 22, 1-6.

Kanamori, H., Lee, W.H.K. & Ma K.F., 2012. Revisiting the 1909 Taipei Earthquake -- Implication for Seismic Hazard in Taipei, submitted to Geophys. J. Int., March, 2012.

3. Supplementary Sources:

This directory contains the following text and PDF files as supplementary sources for the Kanamori et al. paper cited above:

3. A Biographic Note of Prof. Ta-You Wu (1907-2000)

Prof. Ta-You Wu was born in Canton, China on September 29, 1907, and was educated at the Nankai University (physics graduate, 1929), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. physics, 1933). He taught and conducted research in China, Canada, Taiwan, and United States. He was the chair of the National Science Council in Taiwan from 1969-1973, and president of the Academia Sinica from 1983-1994. Prof. Wu authored many books, including Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Quant published in 1991. Additional information is available at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta-You_Wu

Last Updated: May 14, 2012