Magnitude 3.8 earthquake jars Taipei

Magnitude 3.8 temblor rattles residents of Taipei City

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CWB map of this morning's quake in Taipei.

CWB map of this morning's quake in Taipei.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 3.8 earthquake jarred Taipei residents in their sleep at 4:12 a.m. this morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 11.1 kilometers north of Taipei City Hall at a shallow depth of 7.7 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 3 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered scale in Taipei City and New Taipei City and a 2 in Yilan County. An intensity level of 1 was felt in Taoyuan City, Keelung City, and Hsinchu 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.