Taiwan rattled by 6.0 magnitude quake

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2019

The quake was felt mildly in the capital Taipei, also in the island's north.

The most the damper has moved in history due to an natural disaster was on April 18 of this year, when a magnitude 6.1 temblor struck Hualien County, ironically at exactly 1:01 p.m.

While the quake shook buildings as far as Taipei, there were no immediate reports of destruction or injuries.

The natural disaster cut power to more than 10,000 buildings and a woman was killed by a falling wardrobe.

Rail authorities suspended some train services in Yilan, affecting thousands of passengers.

Strong winds and heavy rain were expected during the day, with the typhoon packing maximum sustained winds of 184 kilometres per hour gusting up to 227km/h.

"We will continue to monitor if there could be a combined impact from the aftershocks of the natural disaster and the approaching typhoon", President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters.

A temblor was also felt on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, about 110km east of Taiwan, at around the same time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

In April, a 6.1-magnitude natural disaster hit the island, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people.

Taiwan is on a string of Pacific seismic faults known as the "Ring of Fire" and is frequently rocked by tremors, including a 1999 quake that killed more than 2,300 people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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