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The 10th annual retrospect of the 921 Jiji Earthquake

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The Bowl of Regeneration
The 10th annual retrospect of the 921 Jiji Earthquake
Epicentre: 23.85°N 120.82°E

An unprecedentedly heaviest earthquake in the past century shattered Taiwan at 1:47 a.m. on September 21st, 1999.

The epicentre was in Jiji in Nantou county in central Taiwan with a hypocentre of 8 km in depth, registering 7.3 on the Richter Magnitude scale. The intense quake which had lasted up to 102 seconds resulted in the dislocation of the Chelongpu Fault with a surface-faulting up to 80 km in length, 2,455 death tolls, and whole-collapse of 50,652 houses. The whole nation has thus begun the largest scale of "action of love" in history fully demonstrating the amazing vitality of the Taiwanese.

We witness the regeneration of the people and the land
—from the waste land*.

* The Waste Land is a 434 line modernist poem by T. S. Eliot published in 1922.

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This is an overview of Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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