Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan

Magnitude 5.2 temblor shakes eastern Taiwan's Hualien County

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CWB map of today's quake.

CWB map of today's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jarred eastern Taiwan's Hualien County this afternoon at 12:32 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 44.1 kilometers south of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 35.7 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered scale in Hualien County and 3 Taitung County, Nantou County, Taichung City, and Yunlin County. An intensity level of 2 was recorded in Chiayi County, Yilan County, Kaohsiung City, Miaoli County, Chiayi City, Changhua County, and Tainan City, while an intensity level of 1 was felt in Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Pingtung County, Hsinchu City, and New Taipei 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 this afternoon's quake.