Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts NE Taiwan

Magnitude 4.2 temblor jars northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County at 5:47 a.m. this morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was located 19.7 kilometers east-northeast of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 103.4 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 Yilan County and a 2 in New Taipei City and Hualien County. An intensity level of 1 was recorded in Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, Taichung City, and Miaoli 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 today's earthquake.