Magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolts Kaohsiung

Magnitude 4.0 temblor rattles southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung

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CWB map of today's quake.

CWB map of today's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rocked the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung at 11:59 a.m. today, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was located 44.5 kilometers northeast of Kaohsiung City Hall at a shallow depth of 11.3 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 Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County, and a 2 in Tainan City, Chiayi County, and Yunlin County. An intensity level of 1 was felt in Taitung County and Chiayi City.

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 today's quake.