Magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattles Taitung

Taitung jolted by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 9:58 a.m. on Friday morning

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/11
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Taitung at 9:58 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of Friday’s tremor was located 52.6 kilometers northeast of the Taitung County government office, at a depth of 22.4 kilometers, according to the CWB.

An intensity level of 4 was felt in Taitung County, a level of 3 was felt in neighboring Hualien County, and a level of 2 was felt in Kaohsiung City, Chiayi County, Yunlin County, and Tainan City. An intensity level of 1 was felt in Nantou County, Pingtung County, Changhua County, and Taichung City.

No injuries were reported at the time of publication.

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.

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