TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Taiwan at 5:50 a.m. on Thursday morning (Aug. 5), sending shockwaves across the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The epicenter of the temblor was 70.1 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a focal depth of 16.7 km. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7 that gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location.
The quake’s intensity registered a 4 Yilan County and a 3 in New Taipei City, Hualien County, Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Nantou County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, and Yunlin County. An intensity level of 2 was recorded in Hsinchu City, Changhua County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Taitung County, Penghu County, and Kaohsiung City.
A lesser intensity of 1 was detected in Tainan City, Pingtung County, and Kinmen County. No injuries or damage from the quake had been reported at the time of publication.