Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocks New Taipei

Magnitude 5.1 temblor shakes New Taipei City

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CWB map of this morning's quake.

CWB map of this morning's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake awoke residents of New Taipei City early this morning at 4:19 a.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 40.9 kilometers due east of New Taipei City Hall at a depth of 132.5 kilometers, based on CWB data.

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