Magnitude 4.9 temblor jolts southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled residents of southern Taiwan at 12:52 a.m. this morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The epicenter of the temblor was 38.9 kilometers east-southeast of Chiayi County Hall, at a shallow depth of 13.4 kilometers, based on CWB data.
The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 5 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered scale in Chiayi County, a 4 in Tainan City and Kaohsiung City, and a 3 in Chiayi City, Yunlin County, Nantou County, and Changhua County. An intensity level of 2 was felt in Taitung County, Taichung City, and Penghu County, while an intensity level of 1 was registered in Pingtung County, Hualien County, and Miaoli County.
Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt in a specific location. [FULL STORY]