Two minor quakes rattle northern Taiwan on Easter Sunday

Two earthquakes measuring 3.9 and 3.8 magnitude occurred off the coast of Yilan after 4:00 pm


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two minor quakes briefly rattled northern Taiwan Sunday afternoon at 4:09 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. respectively, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The first was magnitude 3.9 with the follow-up just moments later measuring 3.8.

The epicenter of the temblors was just off of Taiwan’s coast a little over 6.5 kilometers northeast of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 9.9 and 10.1 kilometers, respectively, according to CWB data.

The first quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 3 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered scale in Yilan County and a 2 in parts of New Taipei City. An intensity level of 1 was felt around most of northern Taiwan.

The second quake registered level 4 in Yilan City, and level 2 in surrounding areas of Yilan County and northern Hualien.

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.

On Thursday, Taiwan experienced its largest quake in over a year, with a 6.1 magnitude quake on the coast of Hualien.

Since Thursday, several smaller temblors have occurred moving northward up Taiwan’s coast. On Saturday, April 20, at 3:07 p.m. a 3.2 magnitude quake occurred 34.4 km south of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 21.7 km.

This week’s earthquakes, according to the Central Weather Bureau.