Taiwan’s Seismic Nightmare: A 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Devastates the Island, Leaving Nine Dead and Over 900 Injured

9 people killed and dozens trapped in Taiwan following the most powerful earthquake in 25 years

On Wednesday morning, a devastating earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, resulting in at least nine deaths and more than 900 injuries. The quake, which was the strongest in 25 years, caused widespread destruction by collapsing buildings, triggering power outages, and landslides. Tsunami warnings were issued for southern Japan and the Philippines as a result of the earthquake.

The magnitude of the earthquake was reported differently by Taiwanese officials and the US Geological Survey. While Taiwan’s officials registered it as having a magnitude of 7.2, the USGS recorded it as having a magnitude of 7.4. The quake struck southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time, followed by powerful aftershocks. The quake occurred 21 miles below the surface, leaving many people trapped in tunnels and beneath collapsed buildings.

Despite its frequent occurrence, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand such events and its population is well-prepared for emergency response due to past experiences with earthquakes. The island’s location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates converge and interact, causes seismic activity leading to frequent large-scale earthquakes like this one.

The interaction between the Philippine Sea plate and the Eurasian plate in Taiwan generates reverse faults that lift one plate above the other causing significant damage on each occasion when they occur. Since 1980, around 2,000 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater have been recorded on the island making it one of most active seismically regions in the world.

On Wednesday morning, a devastating earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, resulting in at least nine deaths and more than 900 injuries. The quake, which was the strongest in 25 years, caused widespread destruction by collapsing buildings, triggering power outages, and landslides. Tsunami warnings were issued for southern Japan and the Philippines as a…

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