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Small post-earthquake landslides hit southern Taiwan

Small post-earthquake landslides hit southern Taiwan

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in southern Taiwan early Sunday morning, causing two small landslides on Provincial Highway 24 and rockslides in the mountainous townships of Sandimen and Wutai in Pingtung.

The epicenter of the earthquake, occurring at 4:51 a.m., was situated in Kaohsiung's Liouguei District, 29.4 kilograms northeast of Pingtung County Hall at the depth of 16.5 km.

The highest magnitude was recorded in Pingung's Sandimen township at 5. In Kaohsiung's Qishan, Pingtung City, Taitung's Chulu, Tainan's Xinhua, and Chiayi's Liaojiao areas, the magnitude was at 3.

According to the Pingtung County Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services, there was a small scale landslide on the 8.5km marker of Provincial Highway 24, but it did not affect traffic.

On the 34.9km marker of the highway that connects Pingtung City and Wutai and Sandimen, huge rocks fell off from a hillside, blocking part of the road. As of press time, only one lane of the two-lane highway was open to traffic.

Updated : 2021-05-12 23:38 GMT+08:00