On Monday, May 25, 2014, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Yungkang, T’ai-wan, Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake was recorded at approximately 21:22 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The quake’s epicenter was measured to be located around 10 kilometers below the Earth’s crust. The town the earthquake hit is around 26 kilometers from Taitung City.
There have been no reports of injuries or damage in the area as of now. Information regarding the number of injuries and the amount of damage to infrastructure once local authorities and first responders are able to reach the hardest hit areas in order to give aid to the residents of the town.
There have been many earthquakes along the boundaries of the Philippine Sea Plate. Taiwan, along with other countries in the area, is victim to many quakes with a magnitude of four or above. In the past, seismic activity from the tectonic plate shook the areas on the border with seven earthquakes with a magnitude greater than eight and 250 more that were above a seven magnitude.
By Alex Lemieux
USGS: M4.7 – 26km NW of Taitung City, Taiwan
Earthquaketrack.com: 4.7 magnitude earthquake 17 km from Yungkang, T’ai-wan, Taiwan
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