According to the US Geological Survey, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan’s east coast and its capital Taipei, as well as Japan’s Okinawa Island, on Tuesday, October 23, at 12:34 (Taiwan local time). The epicenter was located 104 km (65 mi) east of Hualien (Taiwan). The earthquake’s depth was recorded at 34 km (21 mi). No damage or injuries have been reported and no tsunami warnings are in effect. Aftershocks are possible in both countries.
Both Taiwan and Japan are prone to earthquakes. In February 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Hualien, killing 17 people. In Japan, 16 people died following a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Hokkaido on September 6.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to adhere to any instructions or advice issued by the local authorities and anticipate aftershocks.
In the event of an earthquake, take shelter under a table or crouched in a corner (away from exterior walls) if indoors and protect your head with your arms. If outdoors, move away from buildings and other tall structures; if driving, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so, away from tall structures. If caught under debris following an earthquake, keep all movements to a minimum and cover your mouth to avoid inhaling dust. After a major earthquake, check buildings for damage, including downed power lines or damaged gas lines, and evacuate until the building is declared safe. Only use your telephone in case of urgency so as to leave communication lines open for emergency services.
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