The US Geoscience Bureau reported a 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan’s southeast on Monday, 38 kilometres south of Hualien town.
There were zero indications of damages or casualties at the time.
Based on the USGS, the earthquake happened around the 09:05 time zone and had a magnitude of 10 kilometres (0105 GMT).
A state woodland in Hualien shared a video on Facebook showing a peaceful lakefront view abruptly becoming wildly juddering as the earth trembled.
“Oh, this is a massive earthquake!” The description stated, “Hopefully everybody remains safe!” and added that the film was obtained from any of the facility’s CCTV streams.
The tremor was reported throughout the archipelago, according to a news press and an AFP correspondent in Taipei.
Pertaining to a traveller, the Taipei Metropolitan came to a halt shortly after it was impacted while proceeding at a slower pace for many stations.
As per Taiwan’s National Environment Department, a secondary, lesser earthquake struck approximately 30 minutes thereafter.
“There have only been two tremors over 6.0 magnitude in this region (in which the earthquake struck today) after 1990 and another closer to 6.0 magnitude,” Chen Kuo-chang, chief of Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau’s Seismographic Institute, revealed during a news announcement.
“This year was the shallowest, and experts believe it was caused by seismic activity,” he continued.
He added that further earthquakes exceeding 5.0 magnitude were not ruled possible in the following two nights by the meteorological agency.
Because Taiwan sits at the crossroads of two geological zones, earthquakes are common.
Until an earthquake has a strength greater than 7.0 magnitude, the island does not send hazard alerts.
Certain tremors of a magnitude of 6.0 or higher can be fatal, however this relies largely on when the tremor occurs and at what depths.
The USGS, on the other hand, assigned the newest earthquake a “ecofriendly” rating, indicating a low probability of deaths or damages.
According to Chen, the year with the greatest tremors exceeding 6.0 magnitude was 1999, with 13.
In September of that season, Taiwan was struck by its worst earthquake yet, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that massacred nearly 2,400 individuals.