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Two quakes in excess of magnitude 5.0 rock Taiwan

Two quakes in excess of magnitude 5.0 rock Taiwan

Two earthquakes, both of a magnitude of more than 5.0 rattled Taiwan Wednesday, with the epicenter of both located in the southernmost county of Pingtung, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
No injuries had been reported as of Wednesday afternoon, officials from the CWB Seismology Center said.
A magnitude 5.2 temblor rocked Pingtung at 12: 33 p.m., with its epicenter located 31.2 km east of Hengchun, a coastal township in the county. The quake, which had a focal depth of 18.5 km, had an intensity of 4.0 in Oluanpi -- the southernmost tip of Taiwan – and 2.0 on nearby Orchid Island, said Hsiao Nai-chi, a division director of the CWB Seismology Center.
A second quake of magnitude 5.0 occurred at 2: 19 p.m., with its epicenter located 36.8 km southeast of Hengchun. With a focal depth of 15.9 km, it had an intensity of 4.0 in Oluanpi and 2.0 on Orchid Island, according to Hsiao.
Earlier in the day, a temblor of magnitude 4.7 rocked Taiwan's northeastern city of Yilan at 6:33 a.m. with a depth of 92.1 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled Yilan June 2, but also caused no injuries, Hsiao added.
He called for the public not to panic over the spate of earthquakes, describing them as only the results of pressure released from movements of the Philippine and Eurasian plates, on which Taiwan lies.
Taiwan experiences about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes each month, but the number of temblors stronger than magnitude 4.0 totals about a dozen, he added.


Updated : 2021-07-29 02:02 GMT+08:00