Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan

Magnitude 4.5 temblor shakes Taitung County

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(Image credit: Central Weather Bureau)

(Image credit: Central Weather Bureau)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake jarred eastern Taiwan's Taitung County Saturday morning at 08:45 a.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 56.9 kilometers north-northeast of Taitung County Hall, and occurred on very shallow faults at a depth of 19.4 kilometers.

The quake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 4 in Taitung County, 3 in Hualien County, 2 in Nantou County and Kaohsiung City, and 1 in Yunlin County, Tainan City, Chiayi County and Chiayi City, based on the CWB data.

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.