Why Taiwan is susceptible to earthquakes: What to learn about Pacific Ring of Fire | EUROtoday

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Taiwan’s deadliest earthquake in current historical past hit close to the island’s west coast in 1935, killing greater than 3,200 folks, in line with the Central Weather Administration. The USGS says the Hsinchu Taichung earthquake had a magnitude of seven.1 and was one of many world’s deadliest. More than 12,000 folks had been injured, and tens of hundreds of houses destroyed.

Officials stated Wednesday’s quake was the strongest since 1999, when a 7.6-magnitude tremor struck central Taiwan, killing greater than 2,400 folks. More than 100,000 homes had been broken or destroyed in that earthquake, some of the catastrophic of the island’s historical past, in line with Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan introduced down a 17-story constructing within the metropolis of Tainan in 2016, killing at the very least 116 folks. The epicenter was in Taiwan’s central mountain vary, and the quake hit Tainan hardest, chopping off water to many individuals on the time and ripping a chasm within the floor.