Magnitude 4.7 earthquake jars SE Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled Taiwan’s Taitung County at 2:48 a.m. this morning (Jan. 4), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the quake was located 23.3 kilometers northwest of Taitung County Hall at a shallow depth of 5 kilometers, based on CWB data.

The earthquake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, registered a 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tiered intensity scale in Taitung County, and a 2 in Pingtung County, Kaohsiung City, Hualien County, and Taichung City. A lesser intensity level of 1 was felt in Chiayi County, Tainan City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiaiyi City, and Changhua County.

Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt in a specific location.

No injuries were reported from the quake at the time of publication.

(CWB image)

(CWB image)