Two earthquakes jolt Taiwan early Sunday morning

02/07/2021 08:42 AM
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Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Taiwan in the wee hours of Sunday, followed by one measuring 3.5 that hit Pingtung County in the south, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries caused by the quakes.

The epicenter of the first temblor, which struck at 1:36 a.m., was located 85.1 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall in the sea east of northeastern Taiwan, at a depth of 112.0 km, according to the CWB's earthquake report.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Yilan County and Miaoli County, where it measured 4 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale.

The quake also measured an intensity of 3 in Hualien County, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu County, and Hsinchu City. It measured 2 in Taipei, Taichung, Nantou County, Taitung County, Changhua County, Yunlin County and Chiayi County, CWB data showed.

Also on early Sunday morning, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit Pingtung County at 2:48 a.m., the CWB said.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about 72.2 km southeast of Pingtung County Hall in Mudan Township, at a depth of 7.5 km.

The earthquake's intensity was highest in Pingtung County, where it measured 3 on the 7-tier intensity scale, CWB data showed.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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