Earthquake Information: Powerful Mag. 5.2 earthquake
Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 5 km depth
6 Aug 11:19 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Updated Fri Aug 6, 2021, 11:24 AM
A major 5.2 magnitude earthquake has just been reported 45 km northeast of Taitung city, Taiwan
5.2 earthquake August 6 19:12 (GMT +8)
The earthquake struck at a very shallow depth of 5 km below the epicenter near the city of Taitung, Taiwan, in the early evening on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 7:12 p.m. local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the coming hours or minutes, as seismologists review the data and refine their calculations, or when other agencies release their report.
A second report was then released by the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), which also listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake was likely felt by many people in the epicenter area. It should not have caused any significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken glass, etc.
In the town of Taitung (109,600 inhabitants) located 45 km from the epicenter, the earthquake should have been felt as a slight tremor.
Weak tremors could be felt in Yujing (16,600 inhabitants) located 91 km from the epicenter, Lugu (19,600 inhabitants) at 93 km, Hualien (350,500 inhabitants) at 99 km, Puli (86,400 inhabitants) at 102 km, Douliu (104,700 inhabitants) 105 km, the town of Nantou (105,700 inhabitants) 113 km, the new village of Zhongxing (25,500 inhabitants) 115 km and the town of Kaohsiung (1,519,700 inhabitants) at 120 km.
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Date and time: Aug 6, 2021 11:12:31 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Friday August 6, 2021 7:12 pm (GMT +8)
Depth: 5.0 km
Latitude / longitude of epicenter: 23.12 ° N / 121.35 ° E (Taitung, Taiwan, Taiwan)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 24.00 ° N / 121.83 ° E (109 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and villages:
45 km (28 mi) NNE of City of Taitung (pop: 109,600) -> See nearby earthquakes!
91 km (56 mi) east of Yujing (pop: 16,600) -> See nearby earthquakes!
93 km (58 mi) southeast of Lugu (pop: 19,600) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
99 km (61 mi) SSO of Hualien city (pop: 350,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
102 km (63 mi) to SSE of Puli (pop: 86,400) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
105 km (65 mi) southeast of Douliu (pop: 104,700) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
113 km (70 mi) southeast of City of Nantou (pop: 105,700) -> See earthquakes nearby!
115 km (72 mi) southeast of Zhongxing New Village (Nantou City) (pop: 25,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
120 km (75 mi) ENE of Kaohsiung City (pop: 1,519,700) -> See nearby earthquakes!
215 km (134 mi) south of Taipei (pop: 7 871 900) -> Watch the earthquakes nearby!
Clouds covered 24.4 ° C (76 F), humidity: 88%, wind: 1 m / s (2 kts) from NNW
Main data source: GFZ (German Research Center for Geosciences)
Estimated energy released: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tonnes of TNT) More info
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Aftershocks recorded, most recent first (2 earthquakes so far, frequently updated):
06 Aug 2021 11:39 UTC
| M 4.6 |
5 km (3.1 mi) deep
7 km (4 mi) away
| EMSC | Details
06 Aug 2021 11:37 UTC
| M 4.1 |
6 km (3.7 mi) deep
7 km (5 mi) away
| EMSC | Details
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