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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake shakes east Taiwan

Level 2 shock waves felt in New Taipei City from magnitude 5.2 temblor

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(CWB image)

(CWB image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked northern Taiwan at 1:49 p.m. on Monday afternoon (Oct. 18), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 23.5 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien County Hall at a focal depth of 30.2 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 as a 4 in Hualien County, Yilan County, Nantou County, and a 3 Taichung City, and Taoyuan City. An intensity level of 2 was recorded in New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Yunlin County, and a 1 in Taipei City, Hsinchu City, Taitung County, Changhua County, Chiayi City, and Chiayi County.

No injuries or damage from the quake had been reported at the time of publication.