More tremors possible after morning quake: bureau

‘WITHIN EXPECTATION’: If it were a foreshock, another earthquake of magnitude 6 or greater can be expected, but if it were the main quake, aftershocks are not likely

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 09, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck just off the coast of Yilan County at 5:28am yesterday, the Central

A worker directs traffic around fallen rocks on a road in Yilan County after a magnitude 6 earthquake struck at 5:28am yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Weather Bureau said, adding that it does not exclude the possibility that a bigger earthquake could happen near the epicenter within a week.

Data from the Seismological Center showed that the epicenter was 36.5km southeast of Yilan County at a depth of 22.5km.

The earthquake was detected nationwide, except on Hengchun Peninsula, center Director Chen Kuo-chang (陳國昌) said.

The highest intensity felt was level 6 in Yilan County’s Wuta (武塔), bureau data showed.

A level 5 intensity was recorded in Yilan City, while a level 4 intensity was detected in Hualien County, New Taipei City, Taipei, Hsinchu County, Taoyuan and Taichung, the data showed.

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