Magnitude 4.9 earthquake jolts NE Taiwan

Magnitude 4.9 temblor rattles northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County

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CWB map of tonight's quake.

CWB map of tonight's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake shook northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County at 11:48 p.m. on Wednesday evening (May 8), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 70.4 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 123.6 kilometers, according to 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 and Hualien County. An intensity level of 1 was recorded in New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Taichung City, Hsinchu County, 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 earthquake off the coast of Yilan County.