March 2013 Nantou earthquake

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March 2013 Nantou earthquake
March 2013 Nantou earthquake is located in Taiwan
March 2013 Nantou earthquake
UTC time2013-03-27 02:03
ISC event602751080
Local dateMarch 27, 2013 (2013-03-27)
Local time10:03
Magnitude5.9 Mw[1]
Depth19.4 kilometres (12 mi)[2]
Epicenter23°54′N 121°04′E / 23.90°N 121.07°E / 23.90; 121.07Coordinates: 23°54′N 121°04′E / 23.90°N 121.07°E / 23.90; 121.07
Areas affectedTaiwan (Nantou County, Taichung, Changhua County)
Max. intensityV (Moderate)[1]
Casualties1 dead, 97 injured[3][4]

The 2013 Nantou earthquake struck central Taiwan with a moment magnitude of 5.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of V (Moderate) on March 27 at 10:03 a.m. local time. The epicenter was located in mountainous terrain in Ren'ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan, not far from Sun Moon Lake.


News reports indicate that a 72-year-old woman was killed by being crushed by a collapsing wall and 97 people were injured.[3][4] Most of the injuries were in Taichung.[3] The earthquake caused two fires and stopped five elevators, trapping people inside.[3] This earthquake could be felt in Hong Kong, Fujian, and Zhejiang, China.[5]


Kuo Kai-wen, director of the ROC Central Weather Bureau Seismological Center (地震測報中心) said on 27 March 2013 that a 100-km long blind fault probably exists at Ren-ai Township in Nantou County.[6]


Inside Taiwan[edit]

ROC President Ma Ying-jeou visited the Central Emergency Operation Center on 27 March 2013 urging the people to stay alert for any after shock and ready for any emergency situation.

ROC Premier Jiang Yi-huah initiated a cabinet emergency task force to work with the relevant agencies to respond to the earthquake situation. He also urged the relevant government agencies to reassess the safety standard for any local infrastructure buildings.[7]

Outside Taiwan[edit]

  •  PRCARATS expressed their concern to the earthquake damage and called for continued communication for any new development after the quake.[8]
  •  JapanSumio Tarui, representative of Japan's Interchange Association sent his sympathy, expressing his condolences to the deceased and best wishes to the injured.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b USGS, M 5.9 - 29km ESE of Buli, Taiwan, United States Geological Survey
  2. ^ "Earthquake report". Central Weather Bureau. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "0327地震緊急應變處置". NFA. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  4. ^ a b "404". Channel NewsAsia.
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  6. ^ Latest earthquake suggests blind fault in Nantou: seismologist, Want China Times, April 12, 2013, archived from the original on April 12, 2013
  7. ^ (Taiwan), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (28 March 2013). "Ma oversees government response to quake - Taiwan Today". Taiwan Today.
  8. ^ "Taiwan appreciates China's concern over earthquake - Society - FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS".
  9. ^