Taiwan is rocked by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in 25 years, with one fatality; Japan issues a tsunami notice


Today’s earthquake in Taiwan: the USGS reported a magnitude of 7.4, but the Japan Meteorological Agency reported a magnitude of 7.7.On Wednesday, April 3, just before 8 a.m. local time, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s east, sending tsunami warnings for the self-governing island and certain areas of southern Japan. Following the Taiwan earthquake, the Philippines likewise issued a tsunami warning and issued orders for the evacuation of coastal districts.The epicentre was in the hilly, sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien, according to Taiwan’s fire department, where one person is suspected of having been crushed to death by falling boulders. More than fifty people were also injured.

The earthquake’s epicentre was located 34.8 kilometres deep, 18 km south of Hualien City, Taiwan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), however the Japan Meteorological Agency reported a magnitude of 7.7. According to the director of Taipei’s Seismology Centre, the earthquake that struck the east of the country was “the strongest in 25 years.” “The earthquake is shallow and occurs near land. It is the strongest in 25 years since the 1999 earthquake, which killed 2,400 people, Wu Chien-fu told reporters. “It’s felt all over Taiwan and offshore islands… it’s the strongest in 25 years since the (1999) earthquake.”


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