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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake rocks southwestern Taiwan

Image: CWB

Image: CWB

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook southwestern Taiwan's Tainan City at 6:22 p.m. Sunday evening (Feb. 17), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 30.8 kilometers east-northeast of Tainan City Hall at a depth of 13.6 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 4 in Tainan City and a 2 in Kaohsiung City, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, and Yunlin County. An intensity level of 1 was felt in Changhua 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.