When I was living in Taiwan, my parents worried a lot about earthquakes. They had a real time app downloaded which let them know of any tremors in the area, and would text if there was any seismic activity above a five on the scale.

Not to undermine the seriousness of these catastrophic events, but the majority of the time a light tremor raises the same level of curiosity in the Taiwanese as some interesting celebrity news. “Was that an earthquake?” “I think so, yeah. What were you saying?”

I noticed that Su'ao, a fishing town on the east coast was mentioned many times, daily, on the app, which I concluded was due to its position on the far east of the island, so any activity out at sea was credited there by default.

I decided to go and have a look at this place that I heard from every day, but knew nothing about.


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