Large Keelung rock reduced to half of original size: Officials

Large Keelung rock reduced to half of original size: Officials

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Only half of a huge rock sitting precariously on top of a Keelung hill remained yesterday, as the city sent in an extra excavator to break it up, officials said.

Two excavators worked at the site on the first day of the rock removal operation on Friday, but a third was sent in to accelerate work on the second day. They managed to reduce the rock's size to only half of its original 2,000 tons, officials said.

The smaller pieces broken from the rock were removed to places on the hill that do not pose a threat to the traffic and residents at the foot of the hill, officials said.

Officials said that judging from the current progress, Beining Rd. at the foot of the hill will be reopened to traffic on Sept. 15.

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