Important historic earthquakes in Taiwan

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Taiwan Feb 17 10:22 4.0 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Northeast Of Taiwan Feb 17 02:13 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Northeast Of Taiwan Feb 16 10:01 4.8 10 MAP
EMSC Northeast Of Taiwan Feb 16 10:01 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northeast Of Taiwan Feb 16 09:06 4.8 18 MAP
USGS Hualian, Taiwan Feb 15 14:08 4.9 46 MAP
EMSC Taiwan Feb 15 14:08 4.9 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taipei - Light shaking
  • GEOFON Taiwan Feb 15 14:08 4.7 42 MAP
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Feb 12 18:23 4.6 6 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 12 18:23 4.6 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Feb 12 16:39 4.7 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Region Feb 12 16:39 4.5 12 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Feb 07 16:52 4.7 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 07 16:52 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taichung - long sway on the 6th floor
  • USGS Yujing, Taiwan Feb 07 16:52 4.5 7 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 05 11:32 4.3 34 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Jan 30 22:14 4.0 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Jan 30 15:14 5.1 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hengchun, Taiwan Jan 30 15:14 4.9 10 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Jan 30 15:14 5.0 10 MAP
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Jan 30 05:21 5.3 19 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Jan 30 05:21 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taipei - Moderate shaking
  • Taipei - felt on lower levels, 超可怕
  • USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Jan 22 03:19 4.9 35 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Jan 22 03:19 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kenting, Taiwan - I felt ground shaking around 11.20. I was sitting on balcony and my chair started shaking so thats how I noticed it.
  • USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Jan 08 12:16 4.9 25 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Jan 08 12:16 4.9 30 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Jan 08 12:16 5.0 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • taic - 3mins
  • DIPOLOG CITY - THE SHAKING LASTED FOR 5 SECONDS
  • Taoyuan City - A few seconds of shaking. No damage here.
  • EMSC Taiwan Region Jan 07 22:19 4.1 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Jan 03 22:59 4.3 47 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Jan 03 22:59 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Jan 03 18:02 4.8 10 MAP
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Jan 03 18:02 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Jan 03 18:02 4.7 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 29 13:44 4.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Dec 25 03:56 4.4 5 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 25 03:56 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kaohsiung - Moderate shaking
  • EMSC Northeast Of Taiwan Dec 19 03:23 4.3 167 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.1 23 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.2 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hsinchu - maybe around 15 seconds, i’m at my bed and suddenly it began to shake , i’m at the 7th floor of my dorm and i felt it such a shak
  • Taipei - Around 5:20 AM. Sudden and light at first for several seconds, then very weak and sporadic for perhaps 30 seconds.
  • New Taipei City - Around 20 seconds at 12/15 5:21am local time, significant shaking on 11th floor, windows and curtains were making noise.
  • USGS Hualian, Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.0 10 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Dec 12 13:24 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 12 13:24 4.9 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Dec 12 13:24 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 10 10:58 4.4 147 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Dec 09 15:15 5.1 16 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Dec 09 15:15 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 09 15:15 5.1 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • hualien - Moderate shaking
  • 南京三民 - About 2 minutes nothing damaged although floor was shaking
  • Taipei - I felt weak shaking for several seconds.
  • Taipei - I felt weak shaking for several seconds.
  • USGS Ma-kung, Taiwan Nov 25 23:57 5.7 12 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Nov 25 23:57 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Shantou - Woke up at 8am to about a 30 seconds of shaking.
  • Kowloon - 30sec, no damage
  • Changzhou - Building swaying for about 10 seconds (26th Floor)
  • Ma On Shan - At 8am for about 40 seconds. No damage.
  • EMSC Taiwan Nov 21 01:32 4.2 37 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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