Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes northeastern Taiwan

02/25/2020 08:19 PM
Image taken from the Central Weather Bureau website
Image taken from the Central Weather Bureau website

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) A magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit northeastern Taiwan at 7:14 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The epicenter of the temblor was about 51.9 kilometers southwest of the Yilan County Hall, and it hit at a depth of 10 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, measured 5-moderate on Taiwan's 0-7 intensity scale in Yilan County, and reached 4 in Taichung City and Hualien and Nantou counties.

The quake was also felt in Hsinchu County at an intensity of 3, as well as in New Taipei and Taoyuan cities and Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin counties at an intensity of 2, according to the CWB.

The 5.0 earthquake was followed by two smaller magnitude earthquakes, measuring 2.8 and 3.2 on the Richter scale, which also occurred in Yilan County at 7:20 p.m. and 7:28 p.m., respectively.

The intensity of the two earthquakes was also highest in Yilan County, where it measured 4, the CWB said.

(By Christie Chen)

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