Magnitude 5.0, 4.8 earthquakes hit southwestern Taiwan

06/28/2022 08:36 AM
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Image taken from the CWB website
Image taken from the CWB website

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Two earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 and 4.8, respectively, struck off the coast of southwestern Taiwan two hours apart early Tuesday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The first temblor, measuring 5.0 in magnitude, occurred at 4:07 a.m.

It was centered 68.4 kilometers south-southwest of Kaohsiung City Hall, at a depth of 42.6 kilometers, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The second quake came at 6:03 a.m., with its epicenter located 67.2 kilometers south-southwest of Kaohsiung City Hall, at a depth of 40.2 kilometers.

The first temblor's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of an earthquake, was highest in Pingtung County, where it measured 3 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale, according to CWB data.

An intensity of 2 was measured in Kaohsiung, and an intensity of 1 was registered in Tainan, Taitung County, and Chiayi County, the data showed.

The second quake's intensity was also highest in Pingtung County, where it measured 2, with an intensity of 1 recorded in Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Taitung County.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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