9 people killed and dozens trapped in Taiwan following the most powerful earthquake in 25 years

Devastating Earthquake in Taiwan: A Reminder of the Unpredictable Nature of Natural Disasters

On Wednesday morning, a devastating earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, claiming at least nine lives and injuring more than 900 people. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused widespread destruction by collapsing buildings, triggering power outages and landslides. Tsunami warnings were issued for southern Japan and the Philippines as a result of the earthquake.

Taiwanese officials reported the quake as having a magnitude of 7.2, while the U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude of 7.4. The earthquake struck southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time, followed by powerful aftershocks. The quake occurred 21 miles below the surface, leaving 77 people trapped in tunnels and beneath collapsed buildings.

Despite being one of the most seismically active countries in the world due to its location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand such events and its population is well-drilled for emergency response. Frequent earthquakes in Taiwan are due to tectonic plates converging and interacting along this fault line, causing seismic activity on the island’s surface or underground that can cause damage even if it has a lower magnitude than expected.

The interaction between the Philippine Sea plate and the Eurasian plate in Taiwan generates reverse faults that lift one plate above another resulting in frequent occurrences of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 4 to above on an average yearly basis.

The deadliest earthquake in Taiwan’s recent history was the Chi-Chi quake of 1999 that had a magnitude of 7.7 resulting in thousands of deaths, injuries and significant damage.

In conclusion, while this latest earthquake was severe it did not come as a surprise considering Taiwan’s location and history of frequent seismic activity.

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