A strong earthquake has struck the southeastern coast of Taiwan, according to the U.S Geological Survey (USGS). The 6.4-magnitude quake was centered approximately 16 miles north of Taitung City, Taiwan, and had an estimated depth of nearly 12 miles below the Earth’s surface.
September 17, TAIPEI – On Saturday, a significant earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted southeast Taiwan, although no damage or power disruptions were immediately reported.
According to the Taiwan meteorology office, the earthquake’s epicentre was in Taitung county, a sparsely inhabited area of the island, and its depth was 7.3 km (4.5 miles).
As two tectonic plates collide nearby in Taiwan, earthquakes are frequent there.
In contrast to a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people in 1999, a tremor that struck southern Taiwan in 2016 claimed the lives of over 100 people.
No damage complaints have been made, according to Taiwan’s fire agency. According to state-run utility Taipower, there was no interruption in the supply of energy on Taiwan’s east coast.
Taiwan could feel the earthquake, according to the weather service. For a moment, Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, saw buildings tremble.
According to the science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, which are home to big semiconductor factories, there appeared to be little impact on business.
Taiwan is susceptible to earthquakes as a result of its placement at the confluence of two tectonic plates.
A quake in southern Taiwan killed over 100 people in 2016, but a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 1999 killed nearly 2,000 people.
In a statement released on Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she had instructed officials to evaluate earthquake damage. There were no early details on casualties. However, Tseng Hung-ming, the mayor of Hualien city in eastern Taiwan, told reporters on the phone from Taitung County shortly after the earthquake that so far, local officials had only heard of minor injuries and one death brought on by the earthquake’s shock.