Strong earthquake rocks entire island of Taiwan, collapsing buildings; Tsunami alert issued

Apr3,2024



In a stark reminder of nature's unpredictable wrath, a powerful earthquake off the coast of Taiwan early Wednesday set off alarm across the region, including a significant earthquake. tsunami warning To Okinawa, Japan. This seismic event shook the entire island of Taiwan, causing buildings to collapse and its impact was strongly felt in the capital, Taipei.
Taiwan's earthquake monitoring agency initially reported the quake's magnitude as 7.2, which contrasted with the U.S. Geological Survey's estimate of 7.5. Despite the minor anomaly, the impact was immediate and severe, especially in Hualien on the east coast, where buildings were seen severely damaged. Separated from its foundation.
earthquake in taiwan The Taipei earthquake was the 'strongest in 25 years', science official said.
The earthquake struck at 7:58 a.m., causing not only significant structural damage but also a series of aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey later adjusted the intensity to 7.4, highlighting the intensity of the event. These major tremors were felt by AFP correspondents on the island, underscoring the widespread impact of the seismic activity.
In response to the earthquake, emergency messages from officials warned of a possible tsunami that could affect Taiwan and surrounding areas. “The earthquake may trigger a tsunami that will impact Taiwan. A tsunami warning is issued to remind people in coastal areas to remain vigilant,” the emergency message said.
Japan, no stranger to seismic activity, took quick action by issuing evacuation advisories for coastal areas of Okinawa. The Japan Meteorological Agency predicted tsunami waves up to 3 meters (about 9.8 feet) high, posing a significant threat to Japan's southwestern coast. The warning came after a shallow earthquake with an initial magnitude of 7.5 was detected near Taiwan, resulting in a 30 cm tsunami wave that reached Yonaguni Island at 9:18 a.m. (0018 GMT).
This sequence of natural disasters serves as a poignant reminder of the seismic vulnerabilities that both Japan and Taiwan face. Japan, one of the world's most seismically active countries, accounts for nearly one-fifth of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. Memories of past tragedies, including the devastating earthquake of March 11, 2011, which caused a massive tsunami, and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis, loom large in the region's collective memory.
(with inputs from agencies)



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