23 Apr 2024

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Taiwan, Shakes Buildings in Capital Taipei

Taiwan's east coast experienced over 80 earthquakes, with the most powerful registering at a magnitude of 6.3. These seismic events began on Monday night and continued into the early hours of Tuesday. The quake shook some buildings in the capital city of Taipei, according to the island's weather administration.

The epicenter of these quakes was primarily in the rural eastern county of Hualien, where a 7.2 magnitude earthquake claimed at least 14 lives on April 3. Since then, Taiwan has been rocked by numerous aftershocks.

Early Tuesday, the fire department in Hualien reported that a previously damaged hotel, which had ceased operations since April 3, was now slightly tilting.

Fortunately, there were no reports of casualties. Taiwan's geographical location, near the convergence of two tectonic plates, makes it susceptible to seismic activity.

Notably, southern Taiwan suffered over 100 casualties in a 2016 quake, while a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 1999 claimed the lives of over 2,000 people.

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