6.3 Magnitude Aftershock Hits Taiwan's Hualien County, No Casualties Reported

A powerful 6.3 magnitude aftershock hits Taiwan, causing minor damage but no casualties. The island's strict building codes and disaster preparedness have helped mitigate the impact, though more aftershocks are expected.

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6.3 Magnitude Aftershock Hits Taiwan's Hualien County, No Casualties Reported

6.3 Magnitude Aftershock Hits Taiwan's Hualien County, No Casualties Reported

A 6.3 magnitude aftershock struck Taiwan's Hualien county late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, causing minor damage but no reported casualties. The tremor was one of dozens that have occurred since a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the region on April 3, killing at least 14 people.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest aftershock was recorded as a 6.0 magnitude quake at 2:30 am local time, followed by a 6.3 magnitude tremor six minutes later. The epicenter was located about 28 kilometers south of Hualien City at a shallow depth of 5.5 km.

While some buildings that were previously evacuated after the April 3 quake suffered further damage, Hualien's fire department said no casualties had been reported from the new quakes. Roads were closed due to rockfalls, but Taiwan's major chipmaker TSMC reported no impact on its operations. "TSMC's facility and safety systems are functioning normally after a series of earthquakes hit Taiwan," the company stated. "We do not currently expect any impact on our operations."

Why this matters: Taiwan is prone to earthquakes due to its location near the junction of two tectonic plates. The island's strict building regulations and public disaster awareness have helped mitigate the impact of recent quakes, but the ongoing aftershocks serve as a reminder of the constant seismic risk in the region.

Seismologists warn that more aftershocks can be expected in the coming days and weeks. The government has suspended work and school in Hualien county for the day due to road closures from rockfalls. Investors appeared unconcerned by the latest tremors, with shares of TSMC rising on Tuesday morning despite the aftershocks.

Key Takeaways

  • 6.3 magnitude aftershock hits Taiwan, causing minor damage but no casualties.
  • Aftershock was one of dozens since a 7.2 magnitude quake hit on April 3, killing 14.
  • TSMC reports no impact on operations, and investors appear unconcerned by the tremors.
  • Taiwan's strict building codes and disaster awareness help mitigate quake impacts.
  • Seismologists warn of more aftershocks, leading to school and work suspensions in Hualien.