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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks eastern Taiwan

Shockwaves of magnitude 5.9 temblor felt across Taiwan

Map of magnitude 5.9 temblor. (CWB image)

Map of magnitude 5.9 temblor. (CWB image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan at 10:00 p.m. on Monday evening (Sept. 6), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 49.4 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien County Hall at a focal depth of 41.7 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 in Hualien County; a 3 in Yilan County, Nantou County, Taichung City, Taitung County, and Changhua County; and a 2 in Chiayi County, New Taipei City, Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Yunlin County, Miaoli County, Taoyuan City, Chiayi City, Kaohsiung City, and Tainan City.

An intensity of 1 was felt in Pingtung County. No injuries or damage from the quake had been reported at the time of publication.

Updated : 2021-09-18 10:05 GMT+08:00