Magnitude 6.1 natural disaster jolts Taiwan coast

Violet Powell
February 6, 2018

The epicenter of Sunday's quake was located on the eastern coast of Taiwan.

Taiwan's meteorological authority said that a series of earthquakes hit Hualien, with the strongest measured 5.8.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 quake's epicenter was 14 kilometers (9 miles) northeast of the city of Hualien, at a depth of just 7.8 kilometers (4.9 miles).

An intensity level of 5 was felt in Hualien and Yilan, Nantou registered an intensity level of 4, while Taichung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Yunlin, Taipei City and New Taipei City felt an intensity level of 3.

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No casualties had been reported as of press time. A 5.6-magnitude quake had been earlier reported by the centre.

The natural disaster had struck at a depth of around 23 km. The temblor was recorded at a depth of about three miles (1.8 kilometers).

Taiwan is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and routinely experiences relatively minor earthquakes. A 7.6 magnitude natural disaster hit Taiwan in 1999, killing more than 2,500 people.

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