5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off Taiwan’s eastern coast, felt across regions

Multiple areas experience landslides following a powerful earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan earlier this month.

21st April 2024 – (Taipei) At approximately 10.40am on Sunday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake, measured on the Richter scale, rocked the seas off the eastern coast of Taiwan. The epicentre, located 30 kilometres deep and nearly 56 kilometres south of Hualien County’s government headquarters, prompted significant tremors across multiple regions including Hualien, Taitung, and Nantou counties, where the shaking reached a maximum intensity of level 4.

The tremors were not confined to Taiwan alone; they were also felt in China’s Fujian province, causing alarm among residents in cities like Quanzhou and Fuzhou. Social media posts from the area described the shock as startling, with some people reportedly ‘jumping up’ in response.

Following the quake, Taiwan’s Meteorological Agency issued disaster prevention warnings for the affected counties, advising residents to brace for strong aftershocks and to follow the “Drop, Cover, and Hold” protocol to minimise risks. The agency’s swift response highlights the region’s preparedness for seismic activities, a necessity given Taiwan’s location on the seismically active Ring of Fire.