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The Seismic Activity of Taiwan: Understanding the Pacific Ring of Fire

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Apr 3, 2024

In 1935, Taiwan experienced its deadliest earthquake in recent history, which struck near the island’s west coast, resulting in the tragic loss of over 3,200 lives, as reported by the Central Weather Administration. The USGS recorded the Hsinchu Taichung earthquake as a magnitude of 7.1, making it one of the most devastating earthquakes globally. The disaster left more than 12,000 individuals injured and tens of thousands of homes demolished.

Fast forward to the year 1999, when Taiwan was struck by a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6, resulting in a death toll of over 2,400 people. This earthquake was one of the most catastrophic events in the island’s history, as more than 100,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed, as reported by Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration. Wednesday’s earthquake was noted as the strongest since this devastating event.

In 2016, southern Taiwan experienced a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that caused a 17-story building in the city of Tainan to collapse, leading to the tragic loss of at least 116 lives. The epicenter of this earthquake was in Taiwan’s central mountain range, with Tainan being the most severely impacted area. The earthquake resulted in a disruption of water supply to many individuals and caused a significant chasm in the ground.

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