2009 Hualien earthquake
|Date||December 19, 2009|
|Depth||44.6 km (27.7 mi)|
|Max. intensity||VI (Strong)|
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. Strong shaking could be felt in Hualian City (Shindo 5 according to Central Weather Bureau) and Taipei (Shindo 4 according to Central Weather Bureau). The earthquake could also be felt in Hong Kong and Xiamen, China, and on several islands between Yonaguni and Tarama, Japan.
Casualties and damage
Two cars were damaged by fallen water towers in Taipei. Ten people were hospitalized following a chlorine leak in a hotel in Hualian. The outer decorative wall of a restaurant in Hualian collapsed.
- 規模6.8地震 全台11人輕傷. NOWnews (in Chinese). 20 December 2009.