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Light earthquake: M4.5 quake has struck near Hualian in Taiwan



Earthquake location 24.1956S, 121.7619WA light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Hualian in Taiwan. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global time and date of event 30/04/16 / 2016-04-30 22:46:56 / April 30, 2016 @ 10:46 pm UTC/GMT. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 121.7619 East, latitude 24.1956 North, depth = 10.62 km. All ids that are associated to the event: us10005cry. Unique identifier: us10005cry. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10.62 km (7 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was picked up at 06:46:56 / 6:46 am (local time epicenter).

Epicenter of the event was 96 km (60 miles) from Banqiao (c. 543 300 pop), 29 km (18 miles) from Hualian (c. 350 500 pop), 62 km (39 miles) from Yilan (c. 94 200 pop), 84 km (52 miles) from Puli (c. 86 400 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Daxi (c. 84 500 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Banqiao, Daxi, Puli (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Taiwan (c. 22 894 000 pop).

There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days sixty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 29 km NNE of Hualian, Taiwan.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 121.7619° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 24.1956° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10.62 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 29km NNE 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 2016-04-30 22:46:56 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-30 23:04:15 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 480 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 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 312 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 0.154 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.51 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 72 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 us10005cry Id of event.
Event Code 10005cry An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10005cry, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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