Earthquakes centered near Hualien hit Eastern Taiwan
CNATAIPEI -- A string of earthquakes jolted Eastern Taiwan Sunday, centered around Hualien, with the largest measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.
June 18, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
As of 6 p.m., 17 temblors with magnitudes of between 3.1 and 4.7 had rocked Hualien. The strongest struck at 5:01 p.m. with the epicenter located 34.6 km southwest of Hualien County Hall, the bureau's Seismology Center said.
That quake, which occurred at a shallow depth of 5 km, was felt with an intensity of 6 in the county's Guangfu Township, but lasted only 0.84 seconds.
A total of 63 aftershocks, including Sunday's 17 earthquakes, have struck Hualien since a magnitude 5.4 quake rocked the county June 15, said the center.
It noted that the aftershocks represented a normal release of energy and that such frequent earthquakes were also recorded in June and July of 2009.