Accumulation worries seismologists
Major earthquake hits Taiwan
09/05/2022, 1:05 p.m.
Taiwan is regularly shaken by earthquakes, but this accumulation surprises even the experts: for the fifth time this year, the earth shakes with a magnitude of more than 6. The most important companies in the country can continue to produce.
Another strong earthquake off Taiwan shook buildings in the capital, Taipei. The epicenter was 90 kilometers east of the coastal city of Hualien in the sea, according to the Taipei Seismological Center. Its center was about 70 kilometers southwest of the Japanese island of Yonakuni off Taiwan at a depth of 27 kilometers. The magnitude was therefore 6.1. According to the USGS, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3. The Japanese meteorological agency estimated the magnitude at 6.6.
The tremors were felt across the island, and rail traffic was also affected: 17 trains carrying 2,680 passengers were stopped or slowed down, reports the CNA news agency. Major damage was not reported. There are no injury reports. The production of Taiwan’s two largest semiconductor manufacturers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in the Hsinchu Industrial Park continued uninterrupted.
However, seismologists were concerned about the increasing frequency of strong earthquakes. This is the fifth earthquake with a magnitude greater than 6 this year. “There are more earthquakes than usual this year,” said Chen Kuo-chang of the earthquake center’s analysis center.
Taiwan is regularly rocked by earthquakes as tectonic plates collide there. The authorities only issue a tsunami warning from a magnitude of 7.0.