Aftershocks within the aftermath of a strong earthquake
Aftershocks hit southeast Taiwan on Monday, together with a 5.5 magnitude earthquake felt within the capital, Taipei. This the day after a strong earthquake that precipitated the loss of life of 1 individual and left some 150 injured.
The final tremor occurred round 10 a.m. native time (4 a.m. in Switzerland) 66 km south of the coastal metropolis of Hualien at a depth of 13 km, in accordance with the American Institute of Geological Research (USGS). The Taiwan Meteorological Company recorded a magnitude of 5.9, recorded at 5.5 by the USGS.
Southeast Taiwan, rural and sparsely populated, has been hit by a collection of tremors since Saturday. Probably the most highly effective, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, occurred on Sunday afternoon, destroying roads in addition to houses within the city of Yuli, the place at the least one individual was killed.
4 others have been rescued after a constructing collapsed. Authorities mentioned a complete of 146 individuals have been injured. Taiwan is usually the scene of earthquakes which, for probably the most half, trigger solely minor injury, however the historical past of the island is punctuated by lethal disasters.
Taiwan’s vacationer hotspot Hualien was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 2018 that killed 17 and injured almost 300. The deadliest earthquake ever recorded in Taiwan, with a magnitude of seven.6, occurred in September 1999 and killed greater than 2,400 individuals.
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