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Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes Hualien, felt in Taipei

2018/02/04 22:41:21

Image taken from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) website

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) A magnitude 5.8 earthquake jolted Hualien in eastern Taiwan at 9:56 p.m., just 23 minutes after a second temblor hit within less than a hour Sunday.

The Central Weather Bureau said the latest jolt was centered at 27.8 km northeast of the Hualien County government site at a depth of 16 km.

The magnitude 5.8 quake had an intensity of 5 in Hualien and Yilan counties, an intensity of 4 in Nantou, and of 3 in Taichung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taipei and Yunlin. People in Taipei clearly felt the jolt while it hit.

And the 9:56 p.m. earthquake was followed by a magnitude 4.6 quake at 10:10 p.m. and a magnitude 4.3 one at 10:12 p.m., according to the CWB.

At 9:12 p.m., a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck eastern Taiwan, with the scenic Tailuge area registering an intensity of 5, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of that quake was located 24 kilometers north-northeast of the Hualien County hall, at a depth of 15.5 km, said the CWB.

So a total of five strong quakes rocked Taiwan within one hour Sunday night, with an additional three minor jolts that affected only the eastern part of the island, according to the CWB.

(By S.C. Chang)