Magnitude 5.8, 6.2 earthquakes hit eastern Taiwan

04/18/2021 10:59 PM
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From the Central Weather Bureau
From the Central Weather Bureau

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Two earthquakes of magnitude 5.8 and 6.2 respectively, struck eastern Taiwan Sunday night three minutes apart, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the first temblor, which occurred at 10:11 p.m., was located about 19.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 15 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges its actual effect, was highest in Hualien, where it measured 5 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale.

The epicenter of the second earthquake, which came at 10:14 p.m. was located at 20.2 km southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 13.9 km.

Hualien registered the highest intensity level of 6, CWB data showed.

(By Y.F. Low)

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