Series of Earthquakes Rattle Taiwan, Tilting Structures Damaged from Earlier Quake

Earthquakes in Taiwan

A series of over 80 earthquakes, with the strongest measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck on the east coast of Taiwan starting Monday night (April 22) and continued into the early hours of Tuesday (April 23), according to the island’s weather administration. The tremors caused noticeable shaking in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, and further damaged buildings in Hualien that were already affected by an earlier quake.

Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

Structures Tilted in Hualien

Footage from Hualien, a county on Taiwan’s east coast, showed buildings including the Marshal building and a hotel tilted to the side. These structures were already vacant due to damage sustained during the April 3 earthquake that claimed at least 14 lives after a 7.2 magnitude quake struck the region. Authorities had closed the hotel after the April 3 earthquake. They now report that the building is slightly leaning due to recent tremors.

Despite the extensive shaking and visible damage to some buildings, there have been no reports of casualties. Local fire departments and emergency response teams were on high alert, ready to assist if needed. Following the previous earthquake, the hotel and other damaged structures were evacuated for safety. These buildings have since remained closed to the public.

A Region Prone to Seismic Activity

Taiwan is located near the boundary of two tectonic plates, making it particularly susceptible to earthquakes. The recent series of quakes is part of a sequence of aftershocks following the devastating April 3 earthquake. Hundreds of aftershocks have been recorded since that event.

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, advising residents to stay alert for potential aftershocks. They recommend following safety protocols to prepare for any further seismic activity.

Read Also: Taiwan Rescuers Free 9 from Cave After Earthquake


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