Taiwan Earthquake Is 6.3 Magnitude: No Deaths, Damage Reported

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 02:47 PM

By David Ogul

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A strong earthquake hit Taiwan on Thursday, but no serious damage or deaths have been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake struck the island Thursday night and measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. Initial reports put the force at 6.6. According to The Associated Press, the quake was centered in a remote mountainous area about 30 miles south of Hualian, a city of about 100,000 that sits on the eastern coast of the country along the Pacific.

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While the quake was not enormous, it measured at a depth of less than 6 miles and reportedly swayed buildings in the capital of Taipei more than 100 miles to the north. No tsunami warnings were issued.

Earthquakes are not uncommon to the island nation.

“The region of Taiwan is familiar with moderate to large earthquake activity, and has hosted over 60 events of (magnitude) 6 or greater within 250 kilometers of the Oct. 31 event in the past 40 years,” states the U.S. Geological Survey on its website. Seven of the quakes were 7.0 or greater, including a 7.4 shaker that left 13 dead about 25 miles north of the most recent quake in 1986.

A 4.5 magnitude quake struck near Hualian on Oct. 27.

Taiwan is along the so-called Ring of Fire, an area that wraps around the eastern coast of Asia and the western coasts of North and South America. The region accounts for about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes and more than 80 percent of the largest earthquakes. Seismologists have mapped more than 40 faults on the island.

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake on Saturday struck Japan, a country more affected by the Ring of Fire.

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