6.6 Earthquake Shakes Up Locals & Travelers In Taiwan


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On Monday morning, at 9:42 a.m. local time, a 6.6 earthquake shook the island of Taiwan. The quake lasted for almost 30 seconds, leaving many locals and travelers disoriented.

Even for people in Taipei who are accustomed to frequent earthquakes, some were shaken up by swaying buildings that seemed to last much longer than most quakes. As folks rushed into the streets, fortunately not much damage could been seen.

SEE ALSO: 50 Foods In Taipei You Need To Eat…Or At Least Try

Locals and travelers expressed observations via Twitter, including founder of Jetset Times @WendyHung, who was in Taipei this morning:


The quake off the coast of Taiwan was first reported to be a 6.8 magnitude, but officials changed it to 6.6 and called then cancelled a tsunami alert in Japan.

While Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre didn’t issue tsunami warnings after the earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency did release a statement:

Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately. As the strong current will continue, do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared.

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, two earthquakes occurred. One reached the magnitude of 6.3 in addition to another at 5.0 near east of Hualien county which is on the east side of the island.

Taipei’s emergency service officials discovered one elderly man who died from the explosion of an electricity transformer caused by the quake.

Both Taiwan and Japan are situated in regions with extremely high tectonic plate activity, causing both countries to experience the world’s most robust earthquakes on an annual basis.

Source: BBC. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

Were you in Taiwan during the earthquake today? Let us know in the comments.


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