Taiwan Earthquake

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Monday, April 26, 2010

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (GaeaTimes.com)- A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 was felt in the southern coast of the island of Taiwan on Monday morning. The United States Geological Survey has revealed that the earthquake rocking Taiwan was of the magnitude 6.9 and was initiated at a depth of around 10 km. However, the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan has measured the earthquake to be of the 6.6 intensity with a depth of 20 km. Although it has been reported that the seismic activity was not able to cause any kind of extensive damage, it was powerful enough to sway buildings in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. At the same time, any reports regarding any loss of life or damage to property has also not been available.

Reports have surfaced that claim that the earthquake struck in the ocean area around the north of Philippines while being felt in many parts of Taiwan. As the earthquake did not result in any much of a damage, no tsunami warning have been released by the authorities as yet. However, officials in Philippines has cautioned about tidal surge although it causing any damage seems unlikely at the moment.

In the meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center have not ruled out the possibility that a tsunami within a close range of the origin of the earthquake might take place. However, this seems quite unlikely as the earthquake has not been able to have much of an impact in Taiwan as well as Philippines. Earthquakes are quite a regular occurrence in Taiwan due to its location in seismically dynamic areas of the Pacific basin.

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