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Moderate magnitude 4.3 quake hits 50 km southeast of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan early evening

Fri, 12 Mar 2021, 12:27
4.3 quake 12 Mar 7:54 pm (GMT +8)
4.3 quake 12 Mar 7:54 pm (GMT +8)
A shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported early evening near Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Friday 12 March 2021 at 7:54 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.3 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Donggang (pop. 48,100) located 32 km from the epicenter, and Hengchun (pop. 31,300) 37 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kaohsiung City (pop. 1,519,700) located 50 km from the epicenter, Tainan City (pop. 771,200) 93 km away, Taitung City (pop. 109,600) 96 km away, and Yujing (pop. 16,600) 105 km away.

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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 12 Mar 2021 7:54 pm (GMT +8) local time (12 Mar 2021 11:54 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.18°N / 120.44°E (Taiwan Strait, Taiwan)
Primary data source: USGS

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