2010 Kaohsiung earthquake

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2010 Kaohsiung earthquakes
2010 Kaohsiung earthquake intensity USGS.jpg
2010 Kaohsiung earthquake is located in Taiwan
2010 Kaohsiung earthquake
UTC time ??
ISC event
Date * March 4, 2010 (2010-03-04)
Local date
Local time
Magnitude 6.3 Mw[1]
Depth 5 kilometres (3 mi)[2]
Epicenter 22°55′N 120°48′E / 22.92°N 120.8°E / 22.92; 120.8Coordinates: 22°55′N 120°48′E / 22.92°N 120.8°E / 22.92; 120.8[1]
Areas affected Southern Taiwan
Max. intensity VI (Strong)[1]
Casualties 96 injuries[1]
Deprecated  See documentation.

The 2010 Kaohsiung earthquake, measuring 6.3 Mw, occurred on March 4 at 8:20 a.m. local time. The epicenter was located in the mountainous area of Kaohsiung County (now part of Kaohsiung City) of the southwestern Taiwan.[3] It was the most powerful earthquake in Kaohsiung since 1900.[4] The earthquake did not cause any deaths, but 96 people were injured.



The earthquake caused the tripping of several power stations in Taiwan, leading to a loss of 1,860 MW of electricity. Some transformers and substations on the electrical grid caused power outage to 545,066 houses on the island. Electricity was fully restored before 11:30 a.m.[5][6]


A bridge which connects Kaohsiung and Pingtung was blocked when it sank after the earthquake.[5] Some THSR trains were disrupted,[7] and one was de-railed while emergency braking.[8]


340 buildings and several schools were damaged by the quake. A religious building and some old structures collapsed.[9]


A fire, which cost about 100 million TWD, occurred at a factory of the Everest Textile Co., Ltd (宏遠興業) in Tainan County (now part of Tainan City),[10] The quake also caused around 1 billion NTD in losses to several manufacturers in a high-tech industrial park.[11]


The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks; the largest had a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale on April 25.[12]

Government response[edit]

While the government continues to monitor the situation, Taiwan's Ministry of Defense dispatched troops to Jiaxian.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d USGS, M6.3 - Taiwan, United States Geological Survey 
  2. ^ "Earthquake report". Central Weather Bureau. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  3. ^ 張榮祥 (2010-03-04). "甲仙地震 台南多起電梯受困及火警". CNA. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ "6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan". The China Post. 2010-03-05. Archived from the original on 6 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Earthquake injures 64; 545,066 homes suffer blackouts". The China Post. 2010-03-05. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Taiwan power company-Taipower Events". Taipower.com.tw. Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  7. ^ Theodorou, Christine; Lee, Andrew (2010-03-03). "6.4-magnitude quake hits southern Taiwan". CNN. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ 彭群弼 (2010-03-04). "甲仙強震 高鐵首度在營運中出軌". BCC. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  9. ^ "楊秋興勘災 探內門紫竹寺". Sina. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-08. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits southern Taiwan; no tsunami alert issued". Associated Press /nydailynews.com. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  11. ^ "強震衝擊產業 損失逾11億". Apple Daily. 2010-03-04. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  12. ^ 張嘉芳 (2010-03-03). "高雄甲仙餘震頻傳 最大規模5.7". Radio Taiwan International. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 

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