Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Taiwan

On April 3rd at 07:58 local time, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 shook the sea area near Hualien County, Taiwan, according to the China Seismological Networks Center.

The epicenter of the quake was pinpointed at coordinates 23.81 degrees north latitude and 121.74 degrees east longitude, with the hypocenter lying 12 km deep.

Reports from local media indicated significant tremors felt across different parts of Taiwan, prompting the suspension of subway operations in Taipei.

Taiwan’s weather service reported a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurring at 07:58 on Wednesday, with the hypocenter located 15.5 km beneath the earth’s surface. The epicenter of the tremors was situated 25 km south-southeast of the Hualien County Administration. Hualien County experienced the highest intensity, reaching a level of 6 on the Richter scale.

Following the initial earthquake, aftershocks were felt, with the center registering two subsequent earthquakes measuring magnitude 6.0 and 5.9 respectively, occurring within approximately 40 minutes. These earthquakes originated in nearby waters.



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