Shaken, but not stirred: Six small quakes reported in Hualien



TAIPEI — A magnitude 4.3 earthquake that shook Hualien County in Eastern Taiwan at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday was one of several that shook the area that day, according to the Hualien Weather Station.

The quake occurred 2.5 kilometers north of Hualien County Government Hall, with the quake intensity in Hualien City registered at 4.

After that, there were four temblors with a magnitude of around 3.0. These, together with an earlier quake at 8 a.m., meant that at least six quakes were recorded in Hualien that morning.

No damage or casualties were reported immediately.

According to Tan Lien, head of the Hualien Weather Station, the quakes were simply a release of energy, but as they were relatively shallow and therefore easily felt; the public need not panic.

Hualien residents, who are no strangers to earthquakes, felt Tuesday’s temblors to be a bit unusual after seeing buffalo running in the fields due to the up and down vibrations.

The Taiwan Railways Administration sent personnel to check for rail damage after the quakes, and rail traffic returned to normal at 12:43 p.m., although 3,461 passengers were affected by the delay.