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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes northeast Taiwan

Level 4 shock waves felt across northern, central Taiwan

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(CWB image)

(CWB image)

Update: 2021/10/25, 1:30 a.m.

Several people were injured by the magnitude 6.5 quake, including a woman who was struck by falling rocks while hiking with a group of nine in Taroko National Park in Hualien County at 1:15 p.m on Sunday (Oct. 24), reported CNA. Also, a number of buildings across the country suffered minor damage, a car was struck by falling rocks on the Suhua Highway, and the jib on a tower crane on top of a high-rise building construction project was bent 90 degrees in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City.

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes northeast Taiwan
Jib on tower crane bent at a 90-degree angle on top of construction site in New Taipei. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan at 1:11 p.m. today (Oct. 24), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was located 22.7 kilometers south of Yilan County Hall, with a focal depth of 66.8 km. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of one to seven, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location.

The quake’s intensity registered as a 4 in Yilan County, Hualien County, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Taipei City, Taichung City, Nantou County, Hsinchu County, Keelung City, Miaoli County, and Hsinchu City. An intensity level of 3 was recorded in Changhua County, Yunlin County, Taitung County, Chiayi County, and Chiayi City.

An intensity level of 2 was felt in Kaohsiung City, Tainan City, Pingtung County, and Penghu County. The outer islands of Lienchiang County experienced an intensity level of 1.