Massive earthquake shakes Taiwan — Analysis

It was shaken by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, which had its epicenter on the east coast.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, a strong earthquake shook the east coast of Taiwan. At a depth of approximately 10 km under the Philippine Sea and some 63km south of Hualien, the earthquake was recorded at either 6.9 or 7.0 magnitude.

According to US Geological Survey (USGS), the tremor occurred at 1.41 AM on March 23 at latitudes of 23.4 and 121.6 degrees North, respectively. The tremor is just off Taiwan’s east coast. Hualien has more than 300,000.

Taipei officials sent an urgent message to the people “keep calm and seek cover nearby.”

Authorities in the United States said that there wasn’t a danger of tsunamis for either Alaska or British Columbia.

Taiwan, an island off China’s coast, is de facto ruled by nationalists fleeing the mainland following the end of the civil war. Beijing regards the Taiwanese territory as its sovereign Chinese territory, and is seeking its reintegration. Recent tensions rose over US military support to Taipei’s government.

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