Magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocks southern Taiwan

Magnitude 4.9 temblor jolts southern Taiwan's Chiayi County

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CWB map of this morning's quake.

CWB map of this morning's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled residents of southern Taiwan at 12:52 a.m. this morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 38.9 kilometers east-southeast of Chiayi County Hall, at a shallow depth of 13.4 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 5 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered scale in Chiayi County, a 4 in Tainan City and Kaohsiung City, and a 3 in Chiayi City, Yunlin County, Nantou County, and Changhua County. An intensity level of 2 was felt in Taitung County, Taichung City, and Penghu County, while an intensity level of 1 was registered in Pingtung County, Hualien County, and Miaoli County.

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 this morning's quake near Chiayi.