Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hits Hualien 花蓮9:05規模6.0極淺層地震 餘震不斷

A magnitude 6.0  earthquake hit Taiwan at 9:05 this morning. The epicenter was in Hualien County's Guangfu Township, where it measured an intensity "5-". The intensity level was a "4" in Taitung and Nantou. The Central Weather Bureau says the earthquake may or may not be related to the Guangfu fault and strong aftershocks are expected in the next few days.


A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Taiwan at 9:05 a.m. on the 20th. This is CCTV footage from Liyutan, Hualien. The earthquake was so strong it set off sirens and almost dislodged wall hangings. One store's counter souvenirs fell to the ground, smashing into pieces.

Tourist: “I was scared. It was a really big earthquake. We could feel it shaking upstairs.”

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Hualien County's Guangfu Township and it struck at a shallow depth of 6.8 kilometers. It measured an intensity "5 minus" in Hualien and "4" in Taitung and Nantou. Aftershocks of at least intensity 4 are expected. The Central Weather Bureau says the earthquake did not hit in a tremor-prone zone, as there have only been three earthquakes of at least magnitude 6 in the area since 1990.

Chen Kuo-chang, Director, Seismological Center, Central Weather Bureau: “It's where the plates meet, and that's why it was at such a shallow depth. Of course, we're not ruling out fault activity either because of the shallow depth. In other words, we don't know with any certainty if it was related to the Guangfu fault.”

The bureau says there may be aftershocks of over magnitude 5 in the next few days. This was the sixth magnitude 6 or above earthquake to hit Taiwan this year, which is twice the normal frequency. A fire was reported at a store after today's earthquake, but it is not known whether it was related to the earthquake.

 

 

 

0日上午9時05分,發生規模6.0地震時,拍攝花蓮鯉魚潭的監視鏡頭出現猛烈震動。搖晃力道之大,讓花蓮住家當下傳出轟隆巨響,相框掛在牆上,差點掉下來,還有當地商家擺在檯面的伴手禮摔落地面,瓶瓶罐罐全都碎成一團。

遊客說:「我們嚇一跳,震動很大,我們剛在上面,感覺就很搖。」

地牛翻身,幾乎全台有感,這起地震,震央位在花蓮縣光復鄉,深度只有6.8公里的淺層地震,最大震度在花蓮5弱,包含台東、南投也都有4級,後續發生至少4起餘震。不過,氣象局分析,雖然此處屬於板塊交接帶,但不是地震的好發區。從1990年以來,相當於規模6左右的地震,加上這次只有3次。

中央氣象局地震中心主任陳國昌解釋:「它就是屬於在板塊交錯的地方,所以在這個位置,它發生會這麼淺。那當然不排除就是說,這裡是有斷層或破碎帶作用,尤其是因為它是淺層的地震,所以我們不太能夠確定,它是不是跟光復斷層有關。」

氣象局表示,不排除未來兩天內會再發生規模超過5的餘震,不過光是今年,規模6以上地震已經發生超過6次,是長期平均值的兩倍之多。這回有住家在地震過後,發生火警,但是否有關聯,還要後續調查釐清。
 

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