Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan, fourth in a day

04/20/2015 08:24 PM
(From the Central Weather Bureau website)
(From the Central Weather Bureau website)

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) A magnitude 5.8 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 7:45 p.m. Monday, following magnitude 6.3, 5.0 and 5.5 earthquakes that struck the same region earlier in the day, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The latest earthquake's epicenter was located at sea about 81.8 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 19.4 km, bureau officials said.

The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 3, was felt in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan, eastern Taiwan's Hualien and northern Taiwan's New Taipei.

Taipei and New Taipei recorded a tremor at an intensity of 2.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 9:42 a.m., leaving one dead in a fire caused by an explosion of electricity transformer. A magnitude 5.0 quake hit at 9:49 a.m. and still another, with a magnitude of 5.5, struck the region at 7:20 p.m.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/sc

Update:Magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan (8 p.m.)

Monday morning:●No major damage reported after magnitude 6.3 quakeTaiwan records biggest earthquake for the year: CWB

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