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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Taiwan: Strongest in 25 Years Leaves Nine Dead and Over 900 Injured

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

On Wednesday morning, a powerful earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan, resulting in at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused buildings to collapse, power outages, landslides and triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.

The earthquake occurred at 7:58 a.m. local time southwest of Hualien City, leaving 77 people trapped in tunnels and under collapsed buildings. Taiwanese officials reported the quake as a magnitude 7.2 while the USGS recorded it as magnitude 7.4. Despite the severity of the earthquake, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand strong tremors and its population is well-prepared for such disasters due to their location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” that makes them prone to frequent earthquakes due to interaction of various tectonic plates.

The Philippine Sea plate meets with several other plates including Eurasian, North American Cocos Philippine Sea Nazca plates which creates friction that accumulates energy and releases it in form of earthquakes. In Taiwan reverse faults generated by interaction between Philippine Sea plate and Eurasian plate cause one plate to rise above the other leading to severe damages since 1980 over 2000 earthquakes with magnitude of at least four have been recorded on island causing loss of life and infrastructure damage .

By Samantha Jones

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