April 20, 2024 3:24 am
Understanding the connection between Taiwan and earthquakes due to the Pacific Ring of Fire

In 1935, Taiwan experienced its deadliest earthquake near its west coast, with over 3,200 people losing their lives. This earthquake, known as the Hsinchu Taichung earthquake, had a magnitude of 7.1 and was considered one of the world’s deadliest natural disasters. Over 12,000 individuals were injured and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed as a result.

In recent years, Taiwan has faced several devastating earthquakes. On Wednesday, the island was struck by its strongest earthquake since 1999 when a 7.6-magnitude tremor hit central Taiwan and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people. Over 100,000 houses were damaged or destroyed in what was considered one of the most catastrophic earthquakes in the island’s history.

In addition to these recent events, Taiwan also experienced a tragic earthquake in 2016 that caused a 17-story building to collapse in Tainan City and resulted in at least 116 fatalities. The epicenter of this quake was located in Taiwan’s central mountain range with Tainan being one of the hardest-hit areas. The quake disrupted water supply to many individuals and created a significant chasm in the ground.

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