Devastation in Taiwan following strongest earthquake in 25 years

Posted on 09 April 2024

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Taipei, Taiwan, on April 3, 2024, sending shockwaves throughout the region. The earthquake, which struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), rattled buildings and triggered panic among residents. While there were no immediate reports of casualties, the tremors caused significant damage to infrastructure, including roads and buildings.

Authorities swiftly mobilized emergency response teams to assess the extent of the damage and provide assistance to affected areas. Residents were urged to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions as aftershocks continued to be felt across Taipei and surrounding areas. The earthquake serves as a stark reminder of the constant threat posed by seismic activity in the region, highlighting the importance of robust preparedness measures to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of communities in the face of natural disasters.

Quick Facts:

  • It was the strongest earthquake in Taiwan in nearly 25 years.
  • The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.2 according to Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency, while the U.S. put it at 7.4.
  • The earthquake resulted in the death of 9 people and over 900 people were injured.
  • The earthquake was centered off the coast of rural, mountainous Hualien County.
  • The quake and aftershocks caused 24 landslides and damage to 35 roads, bridges, and tunnels.

Sources: Reuters , AP

Photo: CNA / AFP


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