On the afternoon (local time) of Wednesday, January 30, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck 90 km (55 mi) east-southeast of Hualien. The tremor rocked buildings in most parts of Taiwan, including the capital Taipei. The quake's shaking intensity registered a 4 on Taiwan's 7-tiered scale in Chenggong (Taitung county), while Taipei registered an intensity of 2. No casualties or damages were immediately reported. Aftershocks are possible in the area over the coming hours and days.
The island of Taiwan is located in a seismically active zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire and at the western edge of the Philippine Sea Plate. Most of the earthquakes observed in Taiwan strike off the east coast and cause little damage.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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