Twin earthquakes shake northern Taiwan: CWB


CNA

TAIPEI–Two earthquakes struck northern Taiwan in yesterday afternoon and night, but no casualties were immediately reported.

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hit northern Taiwan at 4:22 p.m.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located 27 kilometers south of Taoyuan County Hall at a depth of 6.7 km, the Central Weather Bureau said.

It was followed by another quake at 10:41 p.m., measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, with epicenter located 28 kilometers south of Taoyuan County Hall at a depth of 5 km. Meanwhile, Tu Chi-hsiang, deputy director-general of the Hsinchu Science Park Administration in Hsinchu City, told CNA that companies in the complex were still carrying out checks and had not yet reported any damage.

The earthquake was felt at an intensity of 3 in Hsinchu City, which normally would not trigger the automatic shutdown systems because it requires an intensity of more than 5 to do that, Tu said.