Taipei-- An airport Mass Rapid Transit (MTR) train carrying a group of reporters immediately slowed down to an almost halt before resuming two to three seconds later Wednesday following an earthquake.
The magnitude 4.8 quake struck at sea east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan at 3:33 p.m., and an intensity of 1 or 2 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale was felt in New Taipei where the MRT train was affected temporarily near A6 Station in Hegui, Taishan District.
Reporters heard a system radio broadcasting a message inside the train that the train was slowing down due to an earthquake. For about three seconds the train was slowed to near zero speed.
Official trial period of the Taipei-Taoyuan Airport MRT will begin Feb. 2 right after the Lunar New Year holiday. It is scheduled to begin commercial operations March 2.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel