Magnitude 5.6 quake jars Hualien, all of Taiwan proper feels tremors

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rattles Hualien County, all of Taiwan proper feels shock waves

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CWB map of today's earthquake.

CWB map of today's earthquake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan's Hualien County early this morning at 5:21 a.m., while all of Taiwan proper and many outlying islands felt the shock waves, reported the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the quake was located 40 kilometers southeast of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 30.3 kilometers, based on CWB data.

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

Kinmen County and Lienchang County were the only counties in Taiwan that did not report feeling the shock waves from the quake.


CWB map of this morning's earthquake.

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.