Earthquakes in Manila Trench could cause tsunami of up to 5 meters in height, experts warn
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — According to reports, Taiwan could be hit by a huge tsunami within the next 100 years, due to the Manila Trench entering a new earthquake cycle.
Southeast Asia has already been hit by a series of devastating tsunamis this year, including the recent disaster in Indonesia which has caused over 1600 deaths.
Taiwan is not usually as affected by tsunamis as it is earthquakes and typhoons, but experts warn citizens not to lower their guards, as the new earthquake cycle of the Manila Trench has arrived with the potential for shocks of up to 8.0 magnitude.
Although earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan, there have been no recent large-scale tsunamis. The Central Weather Bureau does, however, hold an updated forecast and warning system in case one occurs. [FULL STORY]