The Japan Meteorological Agency decreased its tsunami projection from 3 to 1 metre, indicating a lower threat.
The Japan Meteorological Agency decreased its tsunami projection from 3 to 1 metre, indicating a lower threat.

Taiwan Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Alert, Limited Damage Reported

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The Japan Meteorological Agency revised its tsunami forecast from 3 meters to 1 meter, indicating a reduced threat following the earthquake in Taiwan.

Japan experienced minor waves, with measurements ranging from 30 centimeters to smaller readings on various islands, prompting limited disruption.

Status in China, Hawaii, and Guam:

China issued no warnings, while Hawaii and Guam were deemed free from tsunami threats, indicating no immediate danger to these regions.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center declared the passing of the tsunami threat more than two hours after the earthquake, indicating a successful mitigation effort.

Damage Assessment in Taiwan:

Initial reports suggest damage to buildings in Hualien, with images showing collapsed structures and leaning buildings. However, casualty information remains unavailable at this time.

The earthquake, measuring 7.2 according to Taiwan’s monitoring agency and 7.4 according to the US Geological Survey, struck near Hualien at approximately 7:58 a.m. local time.

Response in Taipei and Hualien:

Taipei experienced falling tiles and minor structural damage, while Hualien saw more severe damage, including collapsed buildings and evacuations.

Train and subway services were suspended across Taiwan, and there were reports of infrastructure damage, including the separation of newly constructed above-ground lines.

Historical Context of Earthquakes in Taiwan:

Taiwan is susceptible to earthquakes due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” It has experienced significant seismic activity over the years, including the devastating quake in 1999.

The earthquake highlights Taiwan’s position within the Ring of Fire, a region known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, emphasizing the area’s ongoing geological activity.

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