Twin magnitude 5.9 earthquakes rattle northeast Taiwan

Two magnitude 5.9 earthquakes shook northeast Taiwan within minutes, reported by the Central Weather Administration. Despite the seismic activity, no injuries or damages were reported, emphasizing the region’s seismic vulnerability.

Northeast Taiwan experienced a double jolt as two magnitude 5.9 earthquakes struck within minutes of each other, according to the Central Weather Administration (CWA).

The first temblor hit at 5:45 p.m.,(Taiwan) with its epicentre located 26 kilometres south of Hualien County Hall. It had a shallow focal depth of 15.6 kilometres. Taiwan employs a 1 to 7-intensity scale to measure quake impact at specific locations. The initial quake registered an intensity of 4 in Hualien County, Taitung County, and Nantou County. Intensity level 3 was reported in several regions, including Taichung, Yilan County, Chiayi County, and Tainan.

Just seven minutes later, at 5:52 p.m.,(Taiwan) the second quake struck approximately 27.8 kilometres south of Hualien County Hall, with a similar magnitude and focal depth of 16.1 kilometres.
The effects lessened gradually, with intensity levels of 2 and 1 reported in various areas, including Kaohsiung, New Taipei, and Taipei.

Fortunately, no injuries or damages were reported following either earthquake.

Taiwan sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to seismic activity. Earthquakes are common occurrences, with varying degrees of intensity. The government and relevant agencies maintain robust monitoring systems to track and assess seismic events, ensuring timely alerts and responses to mitigate potential risks to the population and infrastructure.

While Monday’s twin earthquakes caused no harm, they serve as stark reminders of the seismic vulnerability of Taiwan’s eastern regions, highlighting the importance of preparedness and resilience in facing such natural phenomena.