2009 Hualien earthquake

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2009 Hualien earthquake
2009 Hualien earthquake is located in Taiwan
2009 Hualien earthquake
UTC time ??
ISC event
Date * December 19, 2009 (2009-12-19)
Local date
Local time
Magnitude 6.4 Mw[1]
Depth 43 km (27 mi)[1]
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[1]
Areas affected Taiwan
Max. intensity VI (Strong)[1]
Casualties 14 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. Strong shaking could be felt in Hualian City (Shindo 5 according to Central Weather Bureau) and Taipei (Shindo 4 according to Central Weather Bureau).[2] The earthquake could also be felt in Hong Kong[3] and Xiamen, China,[4] and on several islands between Yonaguni and Tarama, Japan.[5]

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.[6] The outer decorative wall of a restaurant in Hualian collapsed.[7]

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