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2ND Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Taiwan’s Coast

Posted by feww on October 23, 2018

M6.3 earthquake strikes off Taiwan’s coast

The event was the second strong earthquake to strike off Taiwan’s coastal Hualien County [Pop: 350k.] There were no immediate reports of casualties, or damage.

Earthquake Report:

[Japan Weather Bureau]

Magnitude: 6.3 (ML)

Location: 24.0N, 122.6E [Region Name: Yonagunijima Kinkai]
Depth: 20km
Occurred: 01:04 JST 24 Oct 2018 [JST:

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Strong Earthquake Strikes ENE of Taipei, Taiwan

Posted by feww on May 31, 2016

M7.2 Earthquake Strikes 73km ENE of Keelung City, Taiwan: CWB Earthquake Report

The quake was felt as far away as the coast of mainland China, about 400km away, according to several reports.

Centered at 25.572°N, 122.516°E the quake struck at a depth of 242.9km, reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.1Mw [Downgraded from M6.4, and subject to further changes due to unresolved procedural issues at USGS/EHP]
Location: 25.572°N, 122.516°E; depth of 242.9km
Time: 2016-05-31 05:23:47 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 92.0 km (57.2 mi) ENE of Keelung, Taiwan
  • 114.0 km (70.8 mi) ENE of Taipei, Taiwan
  • 118.0 km (73.3 mi) NE of Yilan, Taiwan
  • 122.0 km (75.8 mi) ENE of Banqiao, Taiwan
  • 925.0 km (574.8 mi) ENE of Hong Kong

Other Significant Seismicity

Earthquake strikes 230km SSW of Naha, Japan
Magnitude: 5.2Mw
Location: 24.448°N, 126.469°E  – 126km ESE of Hirara, Japan
Depth: 10.0km
Time: 2016-05-30 09:47:47 UTC

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Taiwan Landslide

Posted by feww on September 1, 2013

Car caught in sudden landslide

The sudden landslide along a coastal road in northern Taiwan crushed a car and was captured by a dashcam in another vehicle traveling closely behind. A massive boulder narrowly missed the car.

Landslides in Taiwan


A massive landslide buried a 300-m stretch of the No. 3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung. Photo. Taiwan News. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Typhoon SOULIK to Dump 6 Billion Tons of Rain on Taiwan

Posted by feww on July 13, 2013

SOULIK Dumping an estimated 6 billion tons of rain on Taiwan Region

FIRE-EARTH estimates Typhoon SOULIK will have dumped at least 6 billion tons of precipitation on Taiwan region.

  • Such tremendous amount of precipitation over  a short period of time could cause catastrophic flash floods and potentially deadly landslides.

soulik 13 july 13Typhoon SOULIK – MTSAT Funktop IR satellite image enhancement – July 13, 2013 @ 00:32UTC. Funktop enhancement highlights intense areas of precipitation. Source: NOAA/SSD

High Probability of Landslides

Taiwan authorities have warned about potential disaster in the areas most prone to landslides.

“The central region of Taiwan has experienced two earthquakes with magnitude six or above on 27 March and 2 June, loose soil after seismic activities are potential disaster areas under heavy rainfall,” they warned in a statement.

China Landing

SOULIK is expected to make  landfall in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on the Chinese mainland on Saturday PM, the local forecasters said.

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Typhoon SOULIK Covers 1 Million Sq Km

Posted by feww on July 12, 2013

Rain Monster SOULIK continues to grow

Dangerous Typhoon SOULIK has grown to about 1 million km² covering an area 27 times the size of  Taiwan.

Typhoon Stats as of 00:32UTC on July 12, 2013

  • Approximate position: 22.8ºN, 125.7ºE
  • Movement: 280 degrees @ 12 NMPH  (~22 km/h)
  • Max. Sustained Winds: 100  NMPH (185 km/h)
  • Max. Wind Gusts: 125 NMPH (232 km/h)

As of 02:30UTC Friday, SOULIK was 420 km east of Yilan county on the NE coast of Taiwan.

The typhoon could make landfall in Yilan or Hualien counties on the country’s NE coast about 20:00UTC Friday, according to several models.

SOULIK 12 jul 2013 - 01-32utc SW-IR
Typhoon  SOULIK.  MTSAT – Floater SW/IR Sat Image – NOAA/SSD – FIRE-EARTH Enhancement – Jul 12, 2013 @ 01:32UTC

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Typhoon SOULIK projected path superimposed on a sea surface temperature map. Image credit: CIMSS

High Probability of Landslides

Taiwan authorities have warned about potential disaster in the areas most prone to landslides.

“The central region of Taiwan has experienced two earthquakes with magnitude six or above on 27 March and 2 June, loose soil after seismic activities are potential disaster areas under heavy rainfall,” they warned in a statement.

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SOULIK Continues to Gain Mass

Posted by feww on July 11, 2013

Gigantic Typhoon SOULIK growing bigger, slower

Typhoon Stats as of 00:32UTC on July 11, 2013

  • Approximate position: 22.5ºN, 130.6ºE
  • Movement: 280 degrees @ 12 NMPH  (24 km/h)
  • Max. Sustained Winds: 120  NMPH (222 km/h)
  • Max. Wind Gusts: 145 NMPH (270 km/h)

SOULIK 11 july 2013
Tropical Cyclone SOULIK continues moving WNW in Northwest Pacific – IR satellite image with the typhoon’s projected path. Image Credit: CIMSS

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Ty SOULIK  in Northwest Pacific – IR satellite image (NHC Enhancement). Image Credit: CIMSS

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Typhoon SOULIK Targets Taipei, Taiwan

Posted by feww on July 10, 2013

SOULIK Intensifies to a powerful Cat 4 storm, heading toward Taipei, N. Taiwan

Dangerous SOULIK powers on with sustained winds of 232 km/h.

FIRE-EARTH models show SOULIK could intensify to a SUPER Typhoon with sustained winds of >250 km/h with a probability of about 64% .

Typhoon Stats as of 10:00UTC on July 10, 2013

  • Approximate position: 21.1ºN, 135.8ºE
  • Movement: 290 degrees @ 13 NMPH  (24 km/h)
  • Max. Sustained Winds: 125  NMPH (232 km/h)
  • Max. Wind Gusts: 150 NMPH (278 km/h)

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Tropical Cyclone SOULIK in Northwest Pacific – IR satellite image with the typhoon’s projected path. Image Credit: CIMSS

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Symmetrically perfect Typhoon SOULIK – VIS/IR satellite image. Image Credit: CIMSS

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Taiwan Massive Landslide Buries 6-Lane Freeway

Posted by feww on April 26, 2010

The earth and rocks avalanche blocks a 6-lane  freeway over a 300-meter stretch

“A hill ahead suddenly moved and crashed down on the road within five seconds, said entertainer Chen Mei-feng in an interview with cable station Formosa Television. She was traveling in a car approaching the scene of the landslide.” ETaiwanNews reported.


A massive landslide buried a 300-m stretch of the No. 3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung. Photo. Taiwan News. Image may be subject to copyright.

The landslide reportedly blocked a 300-meter long of a major road, the No.3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung earlier today, burying an unknown  number of vehicles under thousands of tons of earth and rocks.

“At 2:33 p.m., the hill slid down at the 3.1-kilometer mark from the northern end, just north of the Chitu toll station, and took down an overpass, Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung told reporters.”

The 6-lane Freeway, said to be 100 meters (328 feet) wide, was completely covered by the landslide  over a distance of 300 meters (984 feet).

“The military sent about 200 soldiers to help with relief work, while 36 excavators and 37 trucks arrived at the scene to work through the night, officials said.”

“Experts were still guessing for reasons for the landslide, because there was no earthquake and no rain reported in the area at the time. Media described the incident as the biggest accident on a Taiwanese freeway in 30 years.” The report said. More on this developing news …

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Strong Quake Strikes Taiwan – March 4

Posted by feww on March 4, 2010

Strong Earthquake Measuring up to 6.6Mw Strikes Taiwan

The quake struck about 250 km (155 miles) SSW of T’AI-PEI, Taiwan

The quake was in line with Fire Earth February 28 Earthquake Forecast for Taiwan. Large/larger quakes in the region are highly probable anytime.

[UPDATED @ 10:30UTC]
12 people have been injured in a fire triggered by the Taiwan earthquake, AP reported the
National Fire Agency as saying.


Firemen battle a blaze at a textile factory that started shortly after a strong earthquake jolted the island, Thursday, March 4, 2010, in the southern area of Tainan, Taiwan. A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Taiwan on Thursday morning, causing widespread damage, and disrupting communications around the island. (AP Photo). Image may be subject to copyright. More AP photos.

The mainshock, which was felt throughout Taiwan, including in Taipei, some 250km to the north, and Kaohsiung (65km to the south), made  tall buildings  sway for about a minute. It was followed by at least two aftershocks the largest of which was a M4.8 event.

According to Taiwan’s CWB, the mainshock struck at a depth of 5km in a mountainous region 43km NE of Pingtung city (23.00N, 120.73E).

Power was cut off near the epicenter close to Jiashan Township, Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior and the National Fire Agency reported.

According to other reports,  a number of residents in southern Taiwan were trapped in elevators. There are also reports of several fires that broke out as a result of the quake. At least one injury of causes unknown was reported. Taiwan’s  Highspeed Railway was temporarily disrupted in several locations, Taiwanese media reported.

Tsunami Alert:

NO tsunami alert has been issued. The quake occurred far enough from the coast to pose a tsunami threat.

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,120°E

EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Image Edited and Enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude reported by USGS: 6.4   [Max magnitude estimated by Fire-Earth: 6.1Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 00:18:52 UTC
    • Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 08:18:52 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 22.903°N, 120.823°E
  • Depth: 23.1 km (14.4 miles)
  • Region: TAIWAN
  • Distances:
    • 40 km (25 miles) WNW of T’ai-tung, Taiwan
    • 60 km (40 miles) ESE of T’ai-nan, Taiwan
    • 65 km (40 miles) ENE of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
    • 250 km (155 miles) SSW of T’AI-PEI, Taiwan
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • USGS Event ID: us2010tkab

A 7.6Mw quake which struck central Taiwan north of SinYi township (23.77N 120.98E) in 1999 killed an estimated 2,400 people.

Historic Taiwan Earthquakes – Map


Large Historic Earthquakes in and around Taiwan. Source: University of Hiroshima, Japan.

Historic Taiwan Earthquakes – Details

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