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Moderate earthquake: M5.1 quake has struck near Hualian in Taiwan



Earthquake location 23.8548S, 121.7136WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was reported 17 kilometers (11 miles) from Hualian in Taiwan on Tuesday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 121.7136° East, latitude 23.8548° North, depth = 11.35 km. The temblor was detected at 08:47:01 / 8:47 am (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20004ywk. Id of event: us20004ywk. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 11.35 km (7 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global time and date of event 09/02/16 / 2016-02-09 00:47:01 / February 9, 2016 @ 12:47 am UTC/GMT.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Taiwan (c. 22 894 000 pop). The epicenter was 18 km (11 miles) from Hualian (c. 350 500 pop), 100 km (62 miles) from Yilan (c. 94 200 pop), 77 km (48 miles) from Puli (c. 86 400 pop), 105 km (65 miles) from Zhongxing New Village (c. 25 500 pop), 99 km (61 miles) from Lugu (c. 19 600 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Zhongxing New Village, Yilan, Lugu.

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days sixty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year.

Questions or comments?

What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 17 km SE of Hualian, Taiwan.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 121.7136° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 23.8548° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 11.35 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 17km SE of Hualian, Taiwan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-02-09 00:47:01 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-09 01:04:32 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 480 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 2 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.4 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 401 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.335 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.95 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 78 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us20004ywk Id of event.
Event Code 20004ywk An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004ywk, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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