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Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - 41 km NE of Taitung City, Taiwan on Thursday, 17 September 2020

Light mag. 4.5 earthquake  - 41 km NE of Taitung City, Taiwan on Thursday, 17 September 2020
17 Sep 01:45 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 8 minutes.
17 Sep 01:51: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 17.0 to 10.0 km (from 10.6 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.8 km (6.7 mi) towards ESE.
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17 Sep 06:48: Epicenter location corrected by 1.5 km (0.9 mi) towards SW.
Date & time: Thursday, 17 September 2020 01:37 UTC
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 23.02°N / 121.43°E (Taiwan)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 24.00°N/121.83°E (116 km / 72 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (26 mi) NE of Taitung City (pop: 109,600)
100 km (62 mi) E of Yujing (pop: 16,600)
106 km (66 mi) SE of Lugu (pop: 19,600)
123 km (76 mi) NE of Kaohsiung (pop: 1,519,700)
125 km (77 mi) E of Tainan (pop: 771,200)
147 km (91 mi) SE of Taichung (pop: 1,040,700)
Primary data source: EMSC
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 17 Sep 01:37 UTCM 4.5 / 10 km41 km NE of Taitung City, TaiwanEMSC
Thu, 17 Sep 01:37 UTCM 4.3 / 15 km台湾台东县海域, TaiwanCEIC
Thu, 17 Sep 01:37 UTCM 4.9 / 13 km TaiwanBMKG
Thu, 17 Sep 01:37 UTCM 4.8 / 10 km TaiwanGFZ
Thu, 17 Sep 01:37 UTCM 4.5 / 17.3 km91 Km E of Yujing, TaiwanUSGS

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Zomba, Malawi / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It moved really fast. One was around 11pm and another at exactly 01:28
Tainan / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Douliu City / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Taichung (Taiwan, Province of China, 146 km NW of epicenter) : Shook the bed for about ten seconds (reported through EMSC)

Significant earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - 41 km NE of Taitung City, Taiwan on Thursday, 17 September 2020
    Hint: Click on Date/Time to show latest first
  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 12 Apr 1910 00:22
    | 8.1 |
    235km / 146mi
    |
    111 years ago
    |
    412km / 256mi
    | Northeast of Taiwan (Japan)
  • 15 Jun 1911 14:25
    | 7.9 |
    100km / 62mi
    |
    109 years ago
    |
    994km / 618mi
    | Northwest of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  • 24 Nov 1951 18:50
    | 7.8 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    69 years ago
    |
    24km / 15mi
    | Taiwan
  • 05 Jun 1920 04:21
    | 7.8 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    93km / 58mi
    | Taiwan
  • 16 Jul 1990 07:26
    | 7.7 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    30 years ago
    |
    817km / 508mi
    | Luzon, Philippines
  • 10 Jun 1938 09:53
    | 7.7 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    82 years ago
    |
    456km / 283mi
    | Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  • 01 Aug 1968 20:19
    | 7.6 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    52 years ago
    |
    749km / 465mi
    | Luzon, Philippines
  • 03 May 1998 23:30
    | 7.5 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    22 years ago
    |
    406km / 252mi
    | Southeast of Taiwan (Japan)
  • 12 Mar 1966 16:31
    | 7.5 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    55 years ago
    |
    170km / 106mi
    | Taiwan Region (Japan)
  • 21 Oct 1951 21:34
    | 7.5 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    69 years ago
    |
    52km / 32mi
    | Taiwan
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