On Monday morning, the earthquake struck near Japan’s Yonaguni. Buildings swayed due to the force of the quake in Taipei, and people were seen rushing on to the street, but fortunately, no significant damage was reported.
Japan briefly issued an alert regarding the possibility of a 1meter tall tsunami headed for its southern Okinawa island chain, but lifted it after an hour, with no sign of high waves or damage.
The Japan Meterological Agency said that the earthquake’s depth was “very shallow”, while Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said it detected two earthquakes, one measuring 6.3 and another of magnitude 5.0, east of Hualien county.
Emergency service officials said the quake caused an electricity transformer to explode, sparking a fire which killed an elderly man. Pretty unlucky.
The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had said that a “destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected”. Japan sits in a region known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area notorious for its high tectonic plate activity, and registers more than 20% of the planet’s most powerful earthquakes every year.
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