Magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes off Taiwan’s eastern coast

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred Wednesday evening off the coast of eastern Taiwan’s Taitung County, the Central Weather Bureau reported shortly after the temblor.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The epicenter of the earthquake — which occurred at 8:04 p.m. — was located 16.2 kilometers east of Taitung County Hall at a depth of 5.9 km, according to the bureau’s seismological data.

The quake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Taitung’s Donghe Township, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale.

It was felt with an intensity from two to three in many other areas of the county, the bureau said.

An intensity of 1 was felt in neighboring Hualien County on the east coast, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Chiayi City and County, Yunlin County, and Changhua County — all in western Taiwan — and Nantou County in central Taiwan, it added.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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