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Seven Point Two on the Richter Scale: The Taiwanese Earthquake Leaves Nine Dead and Over 900 Injured

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

A massive earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, causing at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines. Taiwanese officials reported the quake as a magnitude 7.2, while the USGS recorded a magnitude of 7.4.

The earthquake struck southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time and was followed by powerful aftershocks that rocked the island. The quake occurred 21 miles below the surface, leaving 77 people trapped in tunnels and under collapsed buildings. President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed disaster response efforts were underway.

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.

The Pacific plate meets with several other plates, including the Eurasian, North American, Cocos, Philippine Sea, and Nazca plates, creating friction that accumulates energy and releases it in the form of earthquakes. In Taiwan, the Philippine Sea plate and the Eurasian plate interact, generating reverse faults that cause one plate to rise above the other.

Since 1980, over 2,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher have been recorded on the island. The deadliest earthquake, the magnitude 7.7 Chi-Chi quake in 1999

By Samantha Jones

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