Magnitude 5.1 quake rattles Hualien, shock waves felt across Taiwan

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Hualien, tremors felt across Taiwan

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CWB map of tonight's quake in Hualien.

CWB map of tonight's quake in Hualien.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan's Hualien County at 11:15 p.m. this evening, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 11.7 kilometers west-northwest of Hualien County Hall at a shallow depth of 19.2 kilometers, based on CBW data.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, registered a 5 on Taiwan's 7-tiered intensity scale in Hualien County, a 4 in Nantou County and Taichung City, and 3 in Yilan County. An intensity level of 2 was recorded Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Taitung County, and New Taipei City, while an intensity level of 1 was felt in Chiayi County, Hsinchu City, Taipei City, Miaoli County, and Kaohsiung City.

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.

No injuries were reported from the quake at the time of publication.


CWB map of tonight's earthquake.