Magnitude 5.9 (6.0) Earthquake – Taiwan – Aug. 8, 2019



A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled Taiwan on Thursday morning (Aug 8), the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in north-eastern Yilan county.

Taiwan’s central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.0. High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

The authorities said the quake was felt across Taiwan, causing power outages to more than 1,300 houses in the greater Taipei area. The Taiwan Railways Administration has suspended some services in Yilan.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement urging people to remain calm, saying the authorities were looking into any possible damage from the quake.

A temblor was also felt on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, about 110km east of Taiwan, at around the same time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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25 Replies to “Magnitude 5.9 (6.0) Earthquake – Taiwan – Aug. 8, 2019”

  1. han yolo

    Poor librarian. It was small up and down shaking and I thought it's a small one, so kept sleeping. but there came a big horizontal one. This was the biggest earthquake I've ever been in my life.
    BTW I live in Taipei. And now there's a typhoon here😅😅

  2. Elizabeth Wilson

    I feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with earthquakes. I know my nerves would be a wreck if I lived there. Poor animals. I hope they had a human to love and comfort them close by. Prayers for all of you.

  3. ImoutoChino

    I was in a hotel in Wanhua District. The earthquake bell woke me up with my bed shaking left and right, but literally like 1 second later, everything turns fine again. Unforgettable.

  4. Dave Harvey's Channel

    Tonight , the typhoon Lekima with national name in Philippines Hanna will landfall in Taiwan.
    August 8 MORNING – EARTHQUAKE
    August 8 AFTERNOON-NIGHT – STORM HITTING

  5. Linda B

    Was that a cat club or what? I counted 7. I guess the animals adapt just like humans, but felt bad for the doggos, especially the conehead. I mean, he's already having a bad week…and no hooman to hug him!

  6. AK SNA

    please be safe
    hope everybody is ok
    plz don’t hesitate to ask for help
    we are more than happy to help Taiwan!
    from Japan with love & respect ✊🏼

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