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Two earthquakes hit Taiwan, no damage or casualties

Two earthquakes hit Taiwan, no damage or casualties

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two earthquakes and several aftershocks hit various parts of Taiwan Sunday, but no major damage or casualties were reported.
The first quake measured 4.0 and struck Northeast Taiwan’s Ilan County at 7:41 a.m., the Central Weather Bureau said. The epicenter was located 24 kilometers under the ground 20 kilometers southwest of Nan’ao. The tremor was only felt in Ilan and Hualien County and near Mount Hohuan, the bureau said.
A magnitude-3.7 aftershock hit 16.6 kilometers southwest of Nan’ao just ten minutes later, according to the bureau.
The strongest earthquake of the day measured 5.6 and struck a mountainous region in the northeast of Pingtung County at 11:52 a.m., though it was felt over most of the island except the north.
The Central Weather Bureau declared the quake to be related to the March 4 magnitude-6.4 tremor which hit Chiahsien in the same region.
The epicenter of Sunday’s quake was located 30.6 kilometers northeast of Pingtung City and 19.5 kilometers below the surface. The tremor registered an intensity of 5 in the Santimen area and at least 3 in all of Southern and parts of Central Taiwan including Yunlin and Taitung County.
Residents of Santimen, an area populated by indigenous peoples and a popular tourism destination, said the quake had been strong but quite short, limiting damage to objects falling off walls and shelves.
Two aftershocks measuring 3.6 and 3.9 struck within 3 minutes of the first quake, the bureau said. A magnitude-2.7 tremor followed at 12:38 p.m., according to the bureau.
Kuo Kai-wen, the head of the bureau’s Seismological Center, said the occurrence of several earthquakes in one day was normal and should not lead to panic. Both quakes were the result of normal releases of pressure amid friction between tectonic plates, he said. In the long run, Sunday’s quakes were a good sign as the release of pent-up energy was likely to reduce the likelihood of bigger earthquakes later on, Kuo said.


Updated : 2021-09-20 04:57 GMT+08:00