2009 Hualien earthquake

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2009 Hualien earthquake
2009 Hualien earthquake is located in Taiwan
2009 Hualien earthquake
Date December 19, 2009 (2009-12-19)
Magnitude 6.4 Mw
Depth 44.6 km (27.7 mi)
Epicenter 23°46′N 121°41′E / 23.76°N 121.69°E / 23.76; 121.69Coordinates: 23°46′N 121°41′E / 23.76°N 121.69°E / 23.76; 121.69
Type Oblique-slip
Areas affected Taiwan
Max. intensity VI (Strong)
Casualties 11 injured[1]
Intensity Map

The 2009 Hualien earthquake occurred on December 19 at 21:02:16 (local time) with a moment magnitude of 6.4 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). The oblique-slip event took place off the coast of Hualian, Taiwan.[2] Strong shaking could be felt in Hualian City (Shindo 5 according to Central Weather Bureau) and Taipei (Shindo 4 according to Central Weather Bureau).[3] The earthquake could also be felt in Hong Kong[4] and Xiamen, China,[5] and on several islands between Yonaguni and Tarama, Japan.[6]

Casualties and damage[edit]

Two cars were damaged by fallen water towers in Taipei. Ten people were hospitalized following a chlorine leak in a hotel in Hualian.[7] The outer decorative wall of a restaurant in Hualian collapsed.[8]

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