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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 40 Km E of Yilan, Taiwan on Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - 40 Km E of Yilan, Taiwan on Wednesday, 30 September 2020
30 Sep 04:43 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
30 Sep 09:02: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 97.0 to 110.0 km (from 60 to 68 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.2 km (2 mi) towards ENE.
Date & time: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 04:37 UTC
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 110.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 24.79°N / 122.15°E (Taiwan)
Nearest volcano: Kueishantao (22 km / 14 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
40 km (25 mi) E of Yilan (pop: 94,200)
56 km (35 mi) SE of Keelung (pop: 397,500)
69 km (43 mi) SE of Taipei (pop: 7,871,900)
73 km (46 mi) SE of Banqiao (pop: 543,300)
87 km (54 mi) E of Daxi (pop: 84,500)
165 km (102 mi) NE of Taichung (pop: 1,040,700)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 25.6°C (78 F), humidity: 99%, wind: 9 m/s (17 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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
Wed, 30 Sep 04:37 UTCM 5.0 / 110 km40 Km E of Yilan, TaiwanGFZ
Wed, 30 Sep 04:37 UTCM 5.1 / 105 km5.0 Taiwan RegionEMSC
Wed, 30 Sep 04:37 UTCM 5.1 / 99.9 km46 Km SE of Keelung, TaiwanGeoAu
Wed, 30 Sep 04:37 UTCM 5.0 / 103.9 km34 Km ENE of Yilan, TaiwanUSGS
2020-09-30 12:37:18 (30 Sep 04:37:18 UTC)M 5.0 / 116 km40 Km ENE of Yilan, TaiwanCEIC
Wed, 30 Sep 04:37 UTCM 5.5 / 100 km38 Km ENE of Yilan, TaiwanBMKG

User reports for this quake (13)

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114.4 km W of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short
77 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
91.8 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
71.8 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Xindian District (61.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Taoyuan City / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : 12th floor apartment in Taoyuan City. Experienced lifting movement followed by light to moderate shaking of windows and swaying of building, lasting some 15 seconds or so. | 2 users found this interesting.
Hsinchu, Zhubei / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Es hat kurz geschüttelt bis ich gemerkt hab was es ist war es schon vorbei habe gleich anrufe vin freunden und meinem mann bekommen keine angst es gab grad ein erdbeben
Yilan / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : I felt the strong shake | One user found this interesting.
Taipei / not felt
Taipei / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Zhubei (Taiwan, 118 km W of epicenter) : Felt a sudden jolt like the building dropped a centimeter, then some light shaking. A few moments later, another jolt and some heavier shaking for about ten seconds. 6th floor apartment in Zhudong. | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)
Taoyuan City (Taiwan, 89 km W of epicenter) : In an office on the second floor, those who were sitting felt it but those who were standing did not. Hanging lights swung about an inch for several seconds. (reported through EMSC)
Taoyuan City (Taiwan, 89 km W of epicenter) : Last 5 to 8 sec (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake: 40 Km E of Yilan, Taiwan, 30 Sep 2020 04:37

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 40 Km E of Yilan, Taiwan on Wednesday, 30 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
    |
    222km / 138mi
    | Northeast of Taiwan (Japan)
  • 15 Jun 1911 14:25
    | 7.9 |
    100km / 62mi
    |
    109 years ago
    |
    810km / 503mi
    | Northwest of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  • 24 Nov 1951 18:50
    | 7.8 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    69 years ago
    |
    211km / 131mi
    | Taiwan
  • 05 Jun 1920 04:21
    | 7.8 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    124km / 77mi
    | Taiwan
  • 10 Jun 1938 09:53
    | 7.7 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    82 years ago
    |
    317km / 197mi
    | Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
  • 01 Aug 1968 20:19
    | 7.6 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    52 years ago
    |
    943km / 586mi
    | Luzon, Philippines
  • 03 May 1998 23:30
    | 7.5 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    22 years ago
    |
    424km / 264mi
    | Southeast of Taiwan (Japan)
  • 12 Mar 1966 16:31
    | 7.5 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    55 years ago
    |
    86km / 54mi
    | Taiwan Region (Japan)
  • 21 Oct 1951 21:34
    | 7.5 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    69 years ago
    |
    164km / 102mi
    | Taiwan
  • 16 Jun 1938 02:15
    | 7.5 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    82 years ago
    |
    794km / 494mi
    | Ryukyu Islands, Japan
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