Taiwan’s Central Climate Bureau stated the magnitude 5 quake’s epicentre was within the east coast county of Hualien. The CWB stated the tremor had occurred at a depth of 4.9 miles, 6.3 miles from Hualien.
A message posted on the CWB’s web site simply earlier than 11.30am GMT warned residents to “beware of probable shaking”.
An announcement carried on the VolcanoDiscovery web site stated: “The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, early evening on Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 7:24 pm local time.
“The precise magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake could be revised inside the subsequent few hours or minutes as seismologists evaluate knowledge and refine their calculations, or as different businesses subject their report.
“Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.0 as well.
“Primarily based on the preliminary seismic knowledge, the quake was in all probability felt by many individuals within the space of the epicenter.
“It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.”
The web site recommended Hualien Metropolis (inhabitants 350,500) would have felt the quake as “light shaking”.
Weak shaking might need been felt within the cities of Puli (inhabitants 86,400) positioned 43 miles away from the epicenter, Lugu (inhabitants 19,600) 56 miles away, and Zhongxing New Village (inhabitants 25,500), Nantou Metropolis (inhabitants 105,700) 100 km away, Yilan (inhabitants 94,200), Taichung (inhabitants 1,040,700) and Yuanlin (inhabitants 124,700), all roughly 60 miles away.
Taiwan, which is positioned inside the geologically risky area generally known as the Ring of Fire, isn’t any stranger to earthquakes.
Final month, VolcanoDiscovery reported on one other quake, additionally measuring 5.2, centred on Hualien Metropolis.
And in February, one other 5.2 magnitude tremor struck 31 miles southeast of Yilan in Taiwan.
The epicentre was at sea, however many residents in Taipei additionally felt it.
Final August, one other quake measuring 5.0 hit additionally struck Hualien, inflicting “mild shocks” all through the island.
A significantly extra highly effective 6.4 magnitude quake in February 2018 resutled in not less than 17 deaths, with 285 individuals injured, and intensive harm to buldings.
That tremor occurred on the second anniversary of a fair greater one centred on the town of Tainan, which claimed the lives of 117 individuals.
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