Very strong earthquake hits Taiwan causing minor damage + videos from shaking and damage

Earthquake overview : A M6.1 earthquake struck at 20.4km depth in southern Taiwan in the mountain region. Although well felt, major damage has not occurred and the national fire disaster agency has not released any reports.
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Update: The following (bad quality) video shows some of the (minor) damage. As could be expected in very mountainous Taiwan, also many landslides occurred in the epicenter area.

Update: The following video gives a good impression of the shaking in the high rise buildings. The footage is from China Times

Update : Numerous aftershocks have also been felt around magnitude 4-4.5.

Update : Intensity 5 was calculated in Pingtung and Chulu counties. Minor damage has been reported in Pingtung county. The greater metropolitan area of Kaohsiung has a population of nearly three million people.

Update : The Hong Kong Observatory measured the quake at magnitude 6.0, while Taiwan's Seismology Centre put the magnitude at 6.1.

Update : Services of a high speed railway were stopped for a while.

Update : A Taiwanese TV report shortly after the earthquake struck with some images of studio material swaying + location information

Update : The earthquake happened 37km from Ping-tung. The nearest populated places are: Chin-lun (19km), Chieh-ta-ts'un (9km), K'o-la-p'a-yang (9km), Chia-p'ing (17km), Tai-ma (17km), La-chia (7km), Ch'?-nu (14km). The closest civilian airport is Feng Nin (30km).

A M6.1 earthquake struck at 20.4km depth in southern Taiwan in the mountain region. Although well felt, major damage has not occurred and the national fire disaster agency has not released any reports.

The intensity of the event was calculated to be a 5 on the CWB scale - with the top level being 7. However, none of sixty-four
seismic events with intensity 5 (PGA values are between 80-250 gal) caused casualties and/or major damage from 2000-2009.

For our Chinese reading speakers, here are the intensities.


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"I Have Felt It" reports as received by Earthquake-Report.com
Kaohsiung - the loud noise woke me up. whole building shaking to n fro very quickly. intense but only about 20 seconds duration.
Sansia - I was trying to open the apartment door located at the 17th floor and it was swing like I was drunk, can't get my key into the keyhole, and I felt I was "dizzy" then I realized it was an earthquake, i went down to the lobby, the cleaning lady said she does not know there was a hit
Puli Township - I thought the kids were jumping on my bed during my nap. (source : EMSC)
Yongkang District - ha ha... so scary, this is my first time... and i'm so thankful for your website that keep updating the information. At least, people around the world know what's happened to their life. Thank you very much. Earthquake here is not too strong, we live in 4th floor, all of the people go out of their room, I and my friends (3 person/room). We all woke up... ha ha ... we can hear the sound, see things around were moving.... thx Gods , it's stopped within 15-18 sec!!! thx God !!! 😀 (source : EMSC)
Fongshan District - I was still in bed & my wife made me tea. She put the tea on my night table. She said "wake up & drink your tea." She left the room. The earthquake happened. I got up before it stopped & said "If you want me to drink the tea, just say so, STOP SHAKING THE WHOLE BUILDING!" - source EMSC


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.1 (CWB), 5.9 (USGS)
UTC Time : Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 02:34:59 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 10:34:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 22.4km
Geo-location(s) :
34 km (21 miles) WSW of Taitung, Taiwan
54 km (33 miles) E of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
98 km (60 miles) SSE of Chiayi, Taiwan

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Shaking map
Focal mechanism report
Human impact map
GDACS earthquake report
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I did feel it – Ik heb het gevoeld – Το έκανα αισθάνεται Yo lo he sentido – 我的确感到了 – 私はそれを感じていました- Ich habe es gefühlt – Bunu hissediyorum yaptı – لم أشعر أنه