Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Southern Taiwan

On February 6 at around 4:00am, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and series of aftershocks – centered in the Tainan and Kaohsiung areas – struck Taiwan. In Tainan, some buildings have collapsed, closing adjoining streets and causing local flooding.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in Taiwan to reach out to family and friends directly to assure them you are okay. If you are in a safe location, please shelter in place. Only if you require emergency medical assistance or need to report a fire, dial 119. If you need emergency police assistance, dial 110.

Please continue to monitor the American Institute in Taiwan’s website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Taiwan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Taiwan Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes or Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.

All U.S. citizens in Taiwan are urged to enroll online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. Registering gives U.S citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Taiwan and makes it easier for AIT to contact citizens in case of emergency.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the American Institute in Taiwan. The location of the AIT Taipei office is No. 7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, XinYi Road, Da-an District, Taipei City 10659; telephone (02) 2162-2000; fax (02) 2162-2239; email amcit-ait-t@state.gov; after hours emergency (02)2162-2000. The location of the AIT Kaohsiung office is 5th Floor, No. 88, Chenggong 2nd Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661; telephone (07) 335-5006; fax (07) 338-0551; email amcit-ait-t@state.gov; after hours emergency (02) 2162-2000.