April 20, 2024 4:29 am
Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

On Wednesday morning, a powerful earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, resulting in at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused buildings to collapse, power outages, landslides, and triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.

The earthquake struck southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time and was followed by powerful aftershocks that rocked the island. Despite the severity of the earthquake, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand strong tremors, and its population is well-prepared for such disasters. The island’s location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” makes it prone to frequent earthquakes due to the interaction of various tectonic plates.

Taiwanese officials reported the quake as a magnitude 7.2 while the USGS recorded a magnitude of 7.4. According to reports, there were no fatalities among foreign nationals on Taiwanese soil during this event. President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed disaster response efforts were underway immediately following the incident.

The Pacific plate meets with several other plates including Eurasian North American Cocos Philippine Sea Nazca plates creating friction that accumulates energy and releases it in the form of earthquakes. In Taiwan, reverse faults occur when one plate rises above another due to interaction between Philippine Sea plate and Eurasian plate causing extensive damage on both sides of borderline regions in central China which includes Taiwan’s capital Taipei city area where many foreigners live or work daily . Since 1980 over 2000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or higher have been recorded on this island nation.

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