6.1 magnitude earthquake hits east Taiwan

April 18: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien on Thursday.

The quake shook buildings in the capital, Taipei. It hit at a depth of 18 km (11 miles).

According to the island’s Central Weather Bureau, the quake occurred at 1.01 p.m, was followed by three aftershocks of magnitudes 4.1, 3.1 and 3.4 within 45 minutes.

The temblor triggered panic in Taipei and led to dozens of people getting stuck in elevators. A building in the capital city was also left tilted.

Taiwan High Speed Rail and Taipei subway services were interrupted, but no casualties or damages have been reported in Hualien, which was most affected by the tremor.

On February 4, 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Hualien, leaving 17 dead and 285 injured.


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