Taitung could see more moderate quakes in coming week: CWB

09/29/2020 08:34 PM
To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.
From the CWB website
From the CWB website

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) More earthquakes measuring 4 or above on the Richter scale are likely in Taitung over the coming week following a series of temblors there Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

A total of nine earthquakes were recorded from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Taitung, southeastern Taiwan, with their epicenters located at sea 40-50 kilometers south of Taitung County Hall, bureau data showed.

The temblors ranged from 3.5-5.3 in magnitude and were at a depth of 9-14 km, according to the CWB.

The magnitude 5.3 temblor occurred at 4:50 a.m., and was felt across central and southern Taiwan. Its intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a quake, was highest in Taitung, where it measured 4 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale, the bureau said.

The earthquakes were likely caused by seismic activity in the Manila Trench between Taiwan and the Philippines, said Chen Kuo-chang (陳國昌), director of the CWB Seismological Center.

Chen said similar clusters of quakes usually take place in Taitung every two to six years, but most are relatively small.

A total of 24 earthquakes measuring 4-5 in magnitude have been recorded in the area since 2000, and another two measuring over 5, both of which took place Tuesday, he said.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Lee Hsin-Yin)


    We value your privacy.
    Focus Taiwan (CNA) uses tracking technologies to provide better reading experiences, but it also respects readers' privacy. Click here to find out more about Focus Taiwan's privacy policy. When you close this window, it means you agree with this policy.