Taiwan – Magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattles northern part of the island

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Earthquake Report comment :
The epicenter of this shallow quake was in the coastal waters only 49 km from Toucheng (population 31,400).
A lot of Felt reports came in with a max. MM value of IV (= light shaking) in the heavily populated northern part of the island.
Taiwan Central Weather bureau did publish a Magnitude value of Ml 5.2

Taiwan is in a seismically active zone, on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and at the western edge of the Philippine Sea Plate.
Geologists have identified 42 active faults on the island, but most of the earthquakes detected in Taiwan are due to the convergence of the Philippine Sea plate and the Eurasian Plate to the east of the island.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.0
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 04:45:09 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 12.2 km
Geo-location(s) :
50 km (30 miles) NE of Su-ao, Taiwan
70 km (45 miles) ESE of T’AI-PEI, Taiwan

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
Taiwan Central Weather Bureau report

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