Recent temblors not related to Hualien earthquake: CWB

According to CWB, the several earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or higher that Taiwan has seen over the past week were not related to the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Hualien Feb. 6. A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan at 2:28 a.m. on Monday. (Photo courtesy of CWB via NOWNews)

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) The several earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or higher that Taiwan has seen over the past week were not related to the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Hualien Feb. 6, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.

Taiwan experienced a magnitude 5.2 earthquake early Monday, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake Feb. 22, and a magnitude 5.3 earthquake Feb. 19, all of which centered in northeastern or eastern parts of the country.

The temblors were not related to the Hualien earthquake, said Lin Tzu-wei (林祖慰), a section chief at the bureau’s Seismology Center.

Lin explained that the location of the earthquakes Monday and Feb. 19 were centered around Yilan, while the Feb. 22 one was on the border between Hualien and Taitung counties, all of which were far from the epicenter of the Feb. 6 earthquake that was at sea off northern Hualien.

The region by its nature is prone to significant earthquakes, Lin said, as it is seated between the Philippine and the Eurasian tectonic plates.

However, Lin cautioned that the sequence of the Hualien earthquake is not concluded, and the CWB is continuing to record aftershocks.

“The Hualien earthquake has caused probably the second-most active sequence of aftershocks since the 1999 Jiji earthquake,” Lin told CNA, adding that the bureau will keep monitoring the situation until early March because it expects the aftershocks to continue for about a month.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)