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17 Oct 2019 | 03:55 PM UTC

Taiwan: 5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Taiwan October 17

Taiwan News Alert

5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Taiwan October 17; aftershocks possible over the coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Taipei). COUNTRY/REGION Taiwan

Event

The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Thursday, October 17, at approximately 19:44 (local time). The earthquake struck 95 km (60 mi) east of Yilan County at a depth of 28 km (17 mi). Service on Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit system was temporarily halted due to the quake, but has since resumed.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and no tsunami warning was issued. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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