5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taipei

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taipei
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We got a report an earthquake reaching up to 5.7 on the Richter scale hit some parts of Taipei on Wednesday afternoon (Jan 17), according to the government, with many witnesses reporting buildings rocking in downtown Taipei.

Taiwan’s mountainous Beitou District suffers most from this hit as the earthquake struck 12 miles east of the capital at a depth of 140 km below the surface, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

No casualties have been reported so far and destruction to buildings shows to be low.

Read also: 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Tech giant, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world’s biggest chipmaker, said it didn’t suffer any damages, a spokesperson stated.

Taiwan is located on the Pacific “ring of fire”, an area seen as an earthquake hotspot as a result of its close proximity to shifting tectonic plates

 

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