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A 4.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Minutes ago the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a 4.9-magnitude earthquake 22 km southwest of Hualien City, Taiwan late at night, at a very shallow depth of 2km.

As is usual the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might revised in the next hours or minutes as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their report.

It is believed that quake was felt by many people especially those close to the epicenter. Weak shaking was most likely felt in towns such as in Hualien City (pop. 350,500) located 22 km from the epicenter, Puli (pop. 86,400) located 61 km from the epicenter, Lugu (pop. 19,600) 80 km away, Zhongxing New Village (pop. 25,500) 89 km away, Zhongxing New Village (pop. 25,500) 89 km away, Nantou City (pop. 105,700) 90 km away, Taichung (pop. 1,040,700) 96 km away, and Yuanlin (pop. 124,700) 100 km away.

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