Earthquakes rock Yilan

04/21/2019 05:13 PM

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Two moderate earthquakes shook Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred at 4:09 p.m., hitting 6.7 kilometers east-northeast of the Yilan County government's offices at a depth of 9.9 km, data from the bureau's Seismology Center showed.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Yilan City, where it measured 3 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale.

The second quake, of magnitude 3.8, occurred six minutes later at 4:15 p.m. in about the same place. It was centered 6.8 km east-northeast of the Yilan County government's offices and occurred at a depth of 10.1 km.

Its highest intensity was in Nan'ao Township, where it measured 4, and registered an intensity of 3 in Yilan City, the data showed.

The two earthquakes were also slightly felt in the capital Taipei roughly 40 kilometers northwest of their epicenters.

Northeastern Taiwan was rocked Thursday by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Hualien County, but that temblor and subsequent aftershocks were centered well south of Sunday's earthquakes.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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