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Tsunami Warnings Issued After Major 7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Taiwan

Tsunami Warnings

A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan’s eastern region on Wednesday morning, triggering tsunami warnings across the region. The quake’s impact was felt in Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines, prompting authorities to issue evacuation advisories and precautionary measures. Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Epicenter and Depth

The earthquake’s epicenter was located 18 kilometers south of Taiwan’s Hualien City, with a depth of 34.8 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings, anticipating waves as high as three meters for remote Japanese islands like Miyakojima. Similarly, authorities alerted coastal areas in the Philippines, including Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, and Isabela, to potential high tsunami waves.

Impact in Taiwan


Felt across Taiwan, the quake prompted authorities to issue tsunami warnings and advisories, urging coastal residents to remain vigilant. Aftershocks, including a 6.5-magnitude tremor near Hualien, continued to rattle the region.

Officials noted that this earthquake was one of the strongest to hit Taiwan in decades, comparing it to the 1999 earthquake that claimed around 2,400 lives. They also acknowledged the possibility of further seismic activity in the coming days.

Regional Preparedness

Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines are no strangers to earthquakes and tsunamis due to their proximity to tectonic plate junctions. Each country has implemented evacuation protocols and precautionary measures to mitigate the impact of such natural disasters.

The earthquake serves as a somber reminder of past catastrophes, including Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which resulted in significant loss of life and triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

Authorities emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and adhering to evacuation advisories to ensure the safety of residents in vulnerable coastal areas. Preparedness and coordination efforts remain paramount in mitigating the impact of seismic events on affected communities.

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