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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - TAIWAN on Monday, 23 March 2015

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - TAIWAN on Monday, 23 March 2015

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake  - TAIWAN on Monday, 23 March 2015
23 Mar 10:20 UTC: Premier à signaler: EMSC après 6 minutes.
Mar 23 14:10: Magnitude recalculée de 5.5 à 5.8.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 40.0 à 30.0 km.
Date & time: Monday, 23 March 2015 10:13 UTC
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 23.73°N / 121.77°E (Taïwan)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 24.00°N/121.83°E (34 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
32 km SE de Hualien City (pop: 350,500)
86 km SE de Puli (pop: 86,400)
104 km E de Lugu (pop: 19,600)
120 km SE de Taichung (pop: 1,040,700)
149 km S de Taipei (pop: 7,871,900)
194 km NE de Kaohsiung (pop: 1,519,700)
Primary data source: EMSC
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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HeureMag. / DepthLocationSource
Mon, 23 Mar 10:13 UTCM 5.8 / 30 km TAIWANEMSC
Mon, 23 Mar 10:13 UTCM 5.6 / 41 km TaiwanGFZ
Mon, 23 Mar 10:13 UTCM 5.9 / 31 km31km SSE of Hualian, TaiwanUSGS

User reports for this quake

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Taipei dinxi / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Taipei, Taiwan / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was in my kitchen. The pot full of water in the sink started moving first, then the hanging utensils, then the whole building started rocking.
Taichung / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Taipeh / Light shaking (MMI IV)
taipei city / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was lying in 13th floor hotel bed in taipei city to relax from Europe flight. Then suddenly I felt like in a water bed. It was slightly shaking. The cupport door also rattles. After 1min it was over
Taizhong / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Sitting inside, third floor, my seat and table where shaking
Hualien / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
taipei / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Taichung / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Taipei / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Have been in the hotel room and felt the room shaking a few times from one side to the other. The candeliers kept moving nearly 10 minutes.
Hsinchu / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Taipei City / Light shaking (MMI IV)
(Taiwan, 146 km NW of epicenter) : not the worst one I felt (reported through EMSC)
(Taiwan, 108 km NW of epicenter) : About 10 seconds, not too strong but the strongest i felt till now. (reported through EMSC)
(Taiwan, 83 km W of epicenter) : Very slight but consistent orbital swaying for about 30-40 seconds. Given the location south of Hualian it is quite a distance to Taipei. (reported through EMSC)
(Taiwan, 144 km NW of epicenter) : still calm and quickly going to outside (reported through EMSC)
(Taiwan, 143 km NW of epicenter) : It felt very shallow compared to a lot of them! (reported through EMSC)
(Taiwan, 119 km W of epicenter) : I felt the shaking then our building was shifting right and left for about 30 seconds (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.8 quake: TAIWAN, 23 Mar 2015 10h13

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 11 May 2015 23:43 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    21 km (13 mi) depth
    38 km (23 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 29 Apr 2015 08:19 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    38 km (24 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 20 Apr 2015 11:20 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    39 km (24.2 mi) depth
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 05 Apr 2015 20:50 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    22 km (13.7 mi) depth
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - TAIWAN on Monday, 23 March 2015

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