Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattles southwestern Taiwan

Magnitude 5.2 temblor shakes southwestern Taiwan's Chiayi County

CWB map of 5.2 earthquake in Chiayi.

CWB map of 5.2 earthquake in Chiayi.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted southwestern Taiwan's Chiayi County today (March 20) at 5:22 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 30.7 kilometers east-southeast of Chiayi County Hall at a depth of 17.9 kilometers, based on CWB data.

An intensity level of 5 was felt in Chiayi County and Tainan City, while an intensity level of 4 was felt in Kaohsiung City, Yunlin County, and Pingtung County. An intensity level of 2 was felt in Taitung County, Changhua County, Nantou County, Taichung City and Penghu County, while an intensity level of 1 was felt in Hualien County, Miaoli County and Yilan County.

No injuries were reported at the time of publication.

Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt in a specific location.