Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes eastern Taiwan

02/24/2020 09:01 PM

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit eastern Taiwan at 8:10 p.m. Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The epicenter of the temblor was about 18.1 kilometers south-southwest of the Hualien County government offices, and it hit at a depth of 6.7 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, measured 4 on Taiwan's 0-7 intensity scale in the towns of Shuilian and Yanliao in the county, and reached a 3 in the county capital of Hualien City along with Tongmen and Jiqi, according to CWB data.

A 4 indicates a fairly strong shake that may frighten some people and can topple unsecured objects and rattle hanging objects.

(By Li Heng-shan and Frances Huang)

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