By: Worthy Shen, Huang Li-yun and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 12 (CNA ) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Thursday warned of aftershocks
over the next three days and the possibility of other earthquakes similar in magnitude to the 5.8 temblor that struck Taiwan earlier in the day.
The quake, which struck at 11:17 a.m. was centered 19.7 kilometers southeast of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 17.5 km under the ocean floor, the CWB said.
The highest intensity was recorded in Nan’ao, Yilan, at six, but only for 0.2 seconds, while other major areas in Yilan recorded an intensity of five, the CWB said.
In Taipei, the quake got up to an intensity of three for about 12 seconds.
Chang Chien-hsing(張建興), a senior technical specialist at the CWB, said the magnitude 5.8 quake was amplified in the Okinawa trough and lasted a long time – 42.2 seconds in Taipei — because it was shallow. [FULL STORY]