Earthquakes in TaiwanIn Taiwan there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.
Since 1950 more than 2700 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 13 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.
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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Taiwan by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.
- May 9, 3:45 pmMagnitude 5.0: 72 km southwest of Yonakuni, Japan at a depth of 24.26 km.
- May 9, 2:23 pmMagnitude 6.3: 70 km southwest of Yonakuni, Japan at a depth of 27.02 km.
- May 9, 11:35 pmMagnitude 4.4: 44 km east of Yilan at a depth of 113.31 km.
- May 9, 10:09 pmMagnitude 4.6: 66 km southwest of Yonakuni, Japan at a depth of 35.25 km.
- May 8, 7:23 amMagnitude 4.1: 61 km south of Hualien City at a depth of 25.93 km.
- May 7, 7:53 pmMagnitude 5.5: 136 km west-northwest of Naha, Japan at a depth of 10 km.
- May 6, 9:21 pmMagnitude 5.4: 134 km west-northwest of Naha, Japan at a depth of 10 km.
- May 3, 2:43 amMagnitude 4.5: 9 km northeast of Hualien City at a depth of 29.92 km.
- May 14, 6:05 pmMagnitude 4.5: 71 km southwest of Yonakuni, Japan at a depth of 23.81 km.
- May 13, 7:16 amMagnitude 4.5: 113 km west of Basco, Philippines at a depth of 10 km.
Earthquakes in Taiwan since 1950The strongest earthquake in Taiwan happened on 03/12/1966 in the region Taiwan with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 21 km resulted in 7 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
|03/27/2013||Nantou County, Taipei||19 km||6.0||1|
|05/01/2004||Hualien (Taroko Gorge National Park)||13 km||5.2||2|
|12/10/2003||T'ai-Tung, Kao-Hsiun||11 km||6.8||0|
|05/17/2000||Tai-Chung County||48 km||5.4||3|
|09/20/1999||Nantou, Taichung, Taizhong||18 km||7.7||2297|
|07/17/1998||Chia-I, Tainan, Hualien, Kao-Hsiung||14 km||5.7||5|
|09/05/1996||Taiwan Region||6 km||6.8||0|
|06/05/1994||Chi-Lung, I-Lan, Taipei, Nan-Ao||30 km||6.4||1|
|12/13/1990||Hualien, Taipei||48 km||6.2||2|
|07/20/1988||Hualien, Su-Hua||36 km||5.7||1|
|11/14/1986||Taipei, Hualien||10 km||7.8||15|
|02/13/1963||Taipei, Hsinch||4 km||7.3||15|
|02/23/1957||Hualien, Taipei||14 km||7.2||11|
These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.