Tainan jolted by strong earthquake

The China Post
Date: February 11, 2017

A screengrab taken from the Central Weather Bureau website shows a magnitude 5.6 earthquake had occurred off the coast of Tainan early Saturday.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred off the coast of Tainan early Saturday, jolting residents in the southern municipality just over a year after nearly 120 lives were lost in a strong earthquake, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Aftershocks of various magnitudes may occur over the next two weeks, said CWB director-general Shin Tzay-chyn. There were already three aftershocks after the main earthquake that occurred at 1:12 a.m., according to the CWB website.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck at 1:12 a.m., was located 12.2 kilometers to the southwest of the Tainan City Hall at a depth of 18.4 kilometers, the bureau said.

An intensity of 6 was felt in Tainan, a city with a population of 1.88 million, and in Kaohsiung and Pingtung to the south and Chiayi, Yunlin, and Changhua to the north, an intensity of 3 to 4 was felt, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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