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4 dead, 60 injured as Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years; tsunami warnings issued in Japan | IN POINTS

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- April 03rd 2024 09:31 AM
4 dead, 60 injured as Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years; tsunami warnings issued in Japan | IN POINTS

4 dead, 60 injured as Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years; tsunami warnings issued in Japan | IN POINTS

Taiwan earthquake: At least four dead and nearly 60 injuried as powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale rocked Taiwan's eastern shores on Wednesday, confirmed by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Taking to their official X handle (former Twitter), US Geological Survey (USGS) wrote, “Notable quake, preliminary info: M 6.5 - 11 km NE of Hualien City, Taiwan." 


Meanwhile, one person has been killed and over 50 injured after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan's east coast. 

The tremor triggered tsunami alerts in southern Japan.

 About Taiwan's strongest earthquake in 25 years

  • A very shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 struck in the ocean near Taiwan
  • The epicentre of the temblor was located in the Pacific Ocean, 25.0 kilometres south-southeast of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 15.5 km, according to the administration's Seismology Center. 

  • It is the most powerful earthquake to hit Taiwan in the past 25 years since a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the country's Nantou County in 1999.
  • Taiwan's fire department said on Wednesday that so far four person had died and more than 50 were injured after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island's east coast.
  • An intensity level of 5+ was reported in Yilan County in the northeast and in Miaoli County in the north, while 5- was reported in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City and Hsinchu County in the north, Taichung City, Changhua County and Nantou County in central Taiwan. 
  • A tsunami warning has been declared for the coastal areas of southwestern Japan's Miyakojima and Yaeyama regions, as well as the main island of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture. 
  • Japan has issued an evacuation advisory for the coastal areas of the southern prefecture of Okinawa after the earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.
  • Additionally, all flights from Japan's Okinawa and Kagoshima regions have been suspended following tsunami warnings in the area. Flights that were headed to the areas with tsunami warnings have been turned back. 
  • Japan Meteorological Agency sounded the alarm for Miyakojima and Okinawa islands, cautioning residents about imminent waves as high as 3 meters. 

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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