Taiwan earthquake: Strong tremor near Hualien shakes northeast


PUBLISHED Wed, April 27, 2016 - 11:31am EDT
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A strongly-felt earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has struck northeastern Taiwan, seismologists say. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties. (more)





The earthquake, which struck at 11:17 p.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 35 kilometers northeast of Hualien County. It struck about 10 kilometers deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Strong shaking was felt in Hualien County and Yilan County, with lighter shaking felt in Central Hualien County, Nantou County, Central Yilan County, Taichung City, and New Taipei City. Other regions also felt shaking

There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.

Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan is frequently rattled by moderate and strong earthquakes. More than 100 people were killed in February when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Taiwan.

And on September 21, 1999, a powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Taiwan, killing at least 2,297 people and injuring nearly 9,000 others. The quake, the second-deadliest earthquake in the island's history, destroyed scores of homes and left more than 600,000 people homeless.

The only earthquake more deadly than the earthquake in 1999 was a powerful earthquake that struck western Taiwan on April 21, 1935. It left at least 3,276 people killed and injured more than 12,000 others. Railways were left destroyed, iron bridges were fractured and tunnels cracked.

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