2019 Hualien earthquake

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2019 Hualien earthquake
2019 Hualien earthquake is located in Taiwan
2019 Hualien earthquake
UTC time2019-04-18 05:01
ISC eventn/a
Local date18 April 2019 (2019-04-18)
Local time13:01
Magnitude6.1 Mw
Depth18.8 kilometres (12 mi)
Epicenter24°04′N 121°32′E / 24.06°N 121.54°E / 24.06; 121.54Coordinates: 24°04′N 121°32′E / 24.06°N 121.54°E / 24.06; 121.54
Areas affectedTaiwan (Hualien County)
Max. intensityVI (strong)
Casualties1 dead, 16 injured[1]

The 2019 Hualien earthquake struck Hualien County, Taiwan with a moment magnitude of 6.1 on 18 April at 13:01 local time (05:01 UTC).[2]


A 6.1 earthquake hit Taiwan which caused damage to weak buildings and roads in Taipei and other districts. Two people were injured while hiking and 15 other people were injured in Taipei.[3] This was a moment magnitude earthquake 9 kilometres off of Hualien County, Taiwan. One of the two injured hikers which is identified as from Malaysia later died in local hospital on 28 April as the only fatality in the earthquake, which is the worst since 2018.[1]


Several buildings were damaged after the earthquake with many buildings having to be evacuated. Outside walls of buildings damaged and furniture knocked off the wall was not unprecedented.[4] Train services on Taipei's subway were suspended as were the airport subway to Taoyuan International Airport and most other metro and train systems in various parts of Taiwan, especially those around eastern and northern Taiwan, for safety inspections.[5] A building was also leaning on its side in Hualien City.[4]


  1. ^ a b "(418花蓮地震) 重傷馬來西亞籍男子過世" [(18 April Hualien Earthquake) Seriously injured Malaysian man passed away] (in Chinese). Central News Agency, Taiwan. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ "地震報告" [Earthquake Report] (in Chinese). Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Report: Two Malaysians injured in Taiwan earthquake (updated)". The Star, Malaysia. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ralph Jennings (18 April 2019). "6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast". Associated Press. WSTM-TV. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ Matthew Strong (18 April 2019). "Taipei MRT and Airport MRT shut down temporarily after 6.1 earthquake". Taiwan News. Retrieved 28 April 2019.