Concerns of impending tsunami rise as waters rapidly recede at Nan-fang-ao Fishing Harbour in Yilan County, Taiwan

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Nan-fang-ao Fishing Harbour

3rd April 2024 – (Taipei) A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near the coastal region of Hualien, Taiwan this morning. Following the initial tremor, aftershocks continued to shake the area, and reports of damage and casualties have been emerging from various locations. One incident that has raised concerns involves eyewitnesses capturing the rapid retreat of seawater at Nan-fang-ao Fishing Harbour in Su’ao Township, Yilan County, leading to apprehensions of an imminent tsunami.

At Nan-fang-ao Fishing Harbour, located in Su’ao Township, Yilan County, witnesses recorded a startling moment as the sea swiftly receded. The phenomenon was accompanied by fishing vessels being carried away by the receding waters, sparking discussions among netizens about the possibility of an impending tsunami. The footage has garnered attention and raised alarm among the public.

In response to the earthquake, the Taiwan Central Weather Administration issued a warning, cautioning that the seismic activity could trigger a tsunami affecting Taiwan. Consequently, a tsunami alert was issued, urging residents in coastal areas to remain vigilant, take necessary precautions, and be aware of the potential dangers posed by sudden surges in sea levels.

A tsunami was expected to reach the southwestern coast of Taiwan at 8.54am. Residents in coastal areas have been advised to evacuate and seek higher ground for safety.