TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (04-17-19) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck East Taiwan’s coastal city Hualien at 1:01 p.m. today. The earthquake so strong that it shook buildings in the capital, Taipei, hitting at a depth of 18 km.
The coastal city of Hualien was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake last year that killed 17 people. Metro systems in the capital city are currently suspended to assess the damage but authorities believe they will get it up and running soon.
Quake also shook buildings in the capital, Taipei, forcing metro system in the capital to be suspended
Reports are coming in about school children fleeing their classrooms in eastern Yilan county.
Taiwan unfortunately, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.
You will remember that over 100 people were killed in two 7.6 magnitude earthquakes in Taiwan. The first in 2016 that took the lives of 100 people and then in 1999, over 2,000 people were killed and left over 100,000 people homeless.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) April 18, 2019
The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of today’s quake at 6.4. So far, there are no reports of any casualties but that can change.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has reassured concerned residents near the coast that they will notice some effects on sea levels, but to rest assure that they do not detect any signs of a tsunami.
“Due to this earthquake, Japan’s coastal areas may observe slight changes on the oceanic surface, but there is no concern about damage,” said a spokesperson for the Japan Meteorological Survey agency.
Article by: William Lopez, Staff Writer
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