Last year, both Tsai and Lai also donated a month’s salary to aid humanitarian relief efforts for war-torn Ukraine. Tsai earns around $400,000 ($13,300) a month.
Taiwan, which often suffers earthquakes itself, has already announced $2 million in disaster relief and sent two rescue teams to Turkey to help with efforts to search for survivors.
Tsai spoke to some of the Taiwanese team on the ground via video call on Wednesday.
“I would like to thank all the members for not being afraid of difficulties and going all out so that Taiwan and Turkey can help each other,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
Turkey joined international efforts and sent rescue teams to Taiwan after a major earthquake in 1999 that killed more than 2,000 people.