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Southwestern Taiwan prone to quakes due to loose soil: CWB

Southwestern Taiwan prone to quakes due to loose soil: CWB

Southwestern Taiwan is prone to earthquakes because of its location and geological conditions, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

"Southwestern Taiwan is located at the end of the Central Mountain Range, and its geology is more fragmented and more vulnerable to earthquakes," CWB Director General Shin Tzay-chyn said.

Shin said that vulnerability was seen by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan on Feb. 6 and the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that rocked Liouguei District in Kaohsiung early Sunday and two aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the three quakes Sunday.

Shin said that while eastern Taiwan is also prone to earthquakes, the temblors stop after a short time because of the hard ground along most of the east coast.

In southwestern Taiwan, however, the soil is relatively soft, accentuating the shaking generated by earthquakes of similar magnitude and depth, Shin said.

There may be a silver lining to Sunday's quakes, Shin said.

Though the region is susceptible to earthquakes of magnitudes of 5 or 6, there is not much likelihood of magnitude 6 quakes occurring there in the near future following the major quake in early February and the releases of energy on Sunday, Shin said.

Updated : 2021-07-30 01:05 GMT+08:00