Magnitude-4.2 earthquake hits Taiwan’s Hualien

Intensity of 4 in Hualien City and Ji’an

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/09/05
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An earthquake measuring 4.2 hit the region of Hualien on

Image courtesy of the Central Weather Bureau.

Taiwan’s east coast Tuesday evening, with the shallow position of its epicenter making it clearly felt around the area, reports said.
The tremor hit at 6:08 p.m. and was located on land in Xiulin Township just 10.7 kilometers northwest from the Hualien County Government, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

As it was only 23.1 km under the surface, it was clearly felt in the region, with Hualien City and nearby Ji’an registering a 4 on the Taiwanese intensity scale, which ranges from 1 to 7.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries though. Hualien is a predominantly mountainous areas where earthquakes and torrential rain often produce land and rock slides.

Only two minutes later, a 3.5 tremor occurred in the same area at a depth of 18.8 km, the weather bureau said.    [FULL  STORY]

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