Taipei briefly swayed as an earthquake struck off Taiwan’s east coast, highlighting the island’s seismic vulnerability. No damage reported
On a calm Sunday, Taiwan experienced a gentle reminder of its seismic nature as a magnitude 5.4 earthquake rumbled off the east coast. The quake, with its epicentre beneath the ocean depths near Hualien county, briefly swayed buildings in the bustling capital, Taipei. Thankfully, no damage reports surfaced in the aftermath.
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Taiwan, nestled between tectonic plates, frequently encounters such seismic events. This latest tremor, reaching 22.4 km beneath the surface, served as a testament to the island’s geological dance. Fortunately, the resilient residents of Taipei swiftly resumed their day after the fleeting tremble.
Quake Reminders: Past Tragedies
The island’s history bears witness to the potential severity of such events. In 2016, over 100 lives were tragically lost in a southern Taiwan quake, while the devastating 1999 earthquake, measuring 7.3 in magnitude, claimed more than 2,000 lives. As the island navigates its dynamic landscape, the recent quake serves as a gentle nudge for preparedness, a call to acknowledge the earth’s subtle movements in this corner of the world.
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