Magnitude 4.9 earthquake jars NE Taiwan

Magnitude 4.9 temblor jolts northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County

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CWB map of today's quake.

CWB map of today's quake.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County at 4:55 p.m. this afternoon (May 13), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 12.1 kilometers east-northeast of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 88.2 kilometers, according to 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, New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, and Taoyuan City. An intensity level of 2 was recorded in Hualien County, Taichung City, Hsinchu City, Miaoli County, and Changhua County, while an intensity level of 1 was felt in Taipei City, Nantou County, Taitung County, and Yunlin 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 this afternoon's quake.