Taipei, March 23 (CNA) A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien in eastern Taiwan at 1:41 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The epicenter of the temblor was located about 62.6 kilometers south of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 30.6 km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.
The earthquake’s biggest intensity levels, which gauge the actual effect of a quake, reached a 6 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale in Taitung County’s Changbin.
The quake also measured an intensity of 5 in Hualien County and other areas in Taitung County, and an intensity of 4 in Tainan, Taichung, Chiayi and Kaohsiung cities and Nantou, Chiayi, Yunlin, Yilan, Changhua, Miaoli, Hsinchu counties.
Intensity levels of 3 were recorded in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan cities and Pingtung County.
The shaking lasted around a minute and shook buildings from side-to-side.
Minutes later, two other earthquakes, measuring 6.1 and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck Hualien’s Fengbin Township and off the coast of Taitung County, respectively, at 1:43 a.m. and 1:46 a.m., according to bureau data.
The magnitude 6.1 quake recorded an intensity level of 4 in Hualien, Taitung, Nantou and Yunlin counties, while the magnitude 4.7 quake reported an intensity level of 3 in Taitung County.
This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
|GDACS ID||EQ 1315041|
|Lat/Lon:||23.4527 , 121.4245|
|Event Date:||22 Mar 2022 17:43 UTC
23 Mar 2022 01:43 Local
|Exposed Population:||About 6000 people in MMI
7 thousand (in MMI>=VII)
|Inserted at:||22 Mar 2022 19:05 UTC|
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