Magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan

Magnitude 5.0 temblor jolts eastern Taiwan's Hualien County

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CWB map of quake near Hualien.

CWB map of quake near Hualien.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook eastern Taiwan's Hualien County at 10:08 p.m. Friday evening (Feb. 15), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 24.5 kilometers southeast of Hualien County hall at a depth of 43.6 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 4 in Hualien County and a 3 in Yilan County and Taichung County. An intensity level of 2 was felt in Nantou County, Taitung County, Yunlin County, Changhua County, and New Taipei City, while an intensity level of 1 was recorded in Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Chiayi 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 yesterday's quake.