Magnitude 3.2 earthquake rocks northeastern Taiwan - Focus Taiwan

Magnitude 3.2 earthquake rocks northeastern Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) A magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit northeastern Taiwan at 6:29 a.m. Saturday with no immediate damage and casualty reported, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was at sea, about 30.9 kilometers south of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 22.4 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Wuta, Nan'ao and Su'ao in Yilan, where it measured 3 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale, the CWB said.

The quake also measured an intensity of 1 in other parts of Yilan, including its Ao'hua township and Yilan City., the CWB added.

An intensity of 1 was measured in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, according to the CWB.

On Thursday, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Yilan, killing a 60-year old woman when she was apparently crushed by a closet that toppled over during the quake and later declared dead by hospital authorities.

According to an initial investigation, she could have been knocked unconscious after being hit by the metal rack and hangers and then suffocated by clothes weighing more than 100 kilograms that smothered her face.

Thursday's temblor also caused delays to five southbound trains operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., affecting 2,500 passengers during the day.

Several minor quakes rock either Yilan or Hualien after Thursday's major temblor for the rest of the day, according to the CWB.

Experts said Yilan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes, is likely to suffer from more powerful earthquakes in the future.

(By Hsu Cheng-jui and Frances Huang)


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