CHAIN REACTION:The main magnitude 5.6 earthquake was preceded by a foreshock which was recorded at 1:56am, and aftershocks continued into the evening
Date: Sep 17, 2015
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that happened early
yesterday morning was caused by the Philippine Sea Plate and Eurasian Plate moving against each other.
Data recorded by the bureau showed that the hypocenter of the quake, which occurred at 3:37am, was about 37km northeast of Hualien County at a depth of 15.3km.
The earthquake generated a local intensity of 5 in Yilan County’s Nanao Township (南澳) and Hualien County’s Heping Township (和平).
A local intensity of 3 was recorded in Taipei and New Taipei City.
The bureau’s statistics showed that a total of 19 earthquakes were recorded between 12:31am and 2:30pm. Seven of them were felt nationwide and 12 of them were local earthquakes. [FULL STORY]