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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocks central Taiwan

Level 4 shock waves from magnitude 5.1 temblor felt in Yunlin, Nantou, Chiayi, and Changhua

Map of Saturday's magnitude 5.1 earthquake. (CWB image)

Map of Saturday's magnitude 5.1 earthquake. (CWB image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted central Taiwan at 11:23 p.m. this evening (March 19), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was 29.4 kilometers south of Nantou County Hall, with a focal depth of 15.1 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 earthquake’s intensity registered as a 4 in Yunlin County, Nantou County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, and Changhua County. An intensity level of 3 was recorded in Taichung City and Tainan City, while an intensity level of 2 was reported in Kaohsiung City, Miaoli County, and Penghu County.

A lesser intensity of 1 was felt in Taitung County, Hualien County, Pingtung County, and Hsinchu County.

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