On Thursday evening, there was a major earthquake in close proximity to the city of Yilan in the north of Taiwan. According to geological surveys, the earthquake was 6.7 on the Richter scale. There is no information about the casualties or serious damage so far.
The epicentre was at sea 27.2 km east of Hualian city at a depth of 76.8 km. The quake was felt across the north of the country, including Taipei. In the capital city and in other cities in the north of the country, buildings swayed strongly for 30 seconds.
Part of the trains and the metro were suspended. In the cities of Yilan, Hualian and Taidong, courses will resume after all inspections are completed. The services also check whether strategic objects have been damaged.
It is the largest earthquake this year, geological services warn that aftershocks of a similar magnitude may occur in the near future.
Taiwan is located near the junction of two tectonic plates, and therefore earthquakes are not uncommon in this island country. In September 1999, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake claimed over 2,400 deaths there. In 2018, 17 people died as a result of a 6.4 quake.
From Taipei Aleksandra Bielakowska (PAP)