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
USGS Hualian, Taiwan May 12 04:17 4.5 41 MAP
EMSC Taiwan May 12 04:17 4.7 44 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taichung City - It lasted only a few seconds, but it was a very strong jolt which frightened me.
  • EMSC Taiwan May 03 22:19 4.0 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan May 01 23:47 5.1 24 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Region May 01 23:47 4.8 10 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region May 01 23:47 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Apr 29 07:02 4.6 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taiwan Region Apr 29 07:02 4.1 10 MAP
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Apr 27 05:55 4.5 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 27 05:55 4.5 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 26 05:44 4.4 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kaohsiung - Very weak shaking
  • EMSC Taiwan Region Apr 26 03:12 4.4 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Apr 23 17:10 4.9 10 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Apr 23 17:10 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Apr 21 10:56 4.2 21 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 21 10:56 4.4 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 19 02:46 4.1 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung, Taiwan Apr 16 13:48 4.6 14 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 16 13:48 4.6 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Apr 16 13:48 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 15 14:11 4.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lugu, Taiwan Apr 01 16:02 4.4 30 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Apr 01 16:02 4.3 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Mar 29 00:17 4.8 10 MAP
    USGS Buli, Taiwan Mar 29 00:17 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 29 00:17 4.8 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taichung - Shakin lasted 10 seconds
  • USGS Su'ao, Taiwan Mar 28 10:29 4.4 69 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 28 10:29 4.4 70 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hsinchu - Very weak shaking
  • EMSC Taiwan Mar 22 14:27 4.6 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tainan - brief shaking felt in tall building
  • Hemei township changhua county - Moderate shaking
  • Yunlin Cty - Very weak shaking
  • EMSC Taiwan Mar 21 10:44 4.0 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Yujing, Taiwan Mar 20 09:22 5.2 13 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Mar 20 09:22 4.8 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chiayi City - Seemed less than 10 seconds, no damage noticed
  • Tainsn - 16 story building, massive shaking and creaking . Sorry my bad english - ER: No sorry, thanks for telling us!
  • Kaohsiung - Shaking lasted for about 3-5 minutes, nothing fell over but things did rattle. Building undamaged
  • EMSC Taiwan Mar 14 10:48 4.5 2 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Mar 14 10:48 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Mar 14 10:48 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Su'ao, Taiwan Mar 06 09:42 4.4 85 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 06 09:42 4.8 87 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Mar 04 06:32 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Mar 04 06:32 4.4 2 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Mar 03 17:35 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 03 17:35 4.8 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Mar 03 17:35 4.6 9 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Feb 25 18:28 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taipei - shook around 5-8 seconds
  • Taipei - Light shaking
  • Chupei - Light shaking
  • USGS Su'ao, Taiwan Feb 25 18:28 5.0 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 24 20:07 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hualian, Taiwan Feb 21 23:10 5.0 10 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Feb 21 23:10 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 21 23:10 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tainan - Felt dizzy here in Tainan (via emsc)
  • Kaohsiung - Weak shaking
  • GEOFON Taiwan Feb 19 14:47 4.7 44 MAP
  • Hsinchu - Very short quake duration, about 10 seconds. First 6 seconds or so was strong vertical shaking. And then next 4 seconds of light horizontal shaking.
  • New Taipei City - We live in a two-storey house and don't usually feel earthquakes. This one we noticed because first the windows started to vibrate and then the whole house like "jumped".Altogether no more than 5 seconds. I guess we only feel the earthquakes with vertical movements,not the horizontal shaking.
  • hukou hsinchu - Moderate shaking
  • EMSC Taiwan Feb 19 14:47 4.7 44 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Taipei - Shaking lasted for less than 10 seconds.
  • Jiufen - Weak shaking
  • Taipei - In bed watching a film when the bed began to shake for about 10 seconds. No other movement or disturbance.
  • Taoyuan - I was standing in my room I shook on the spot, my wall hangings were shaking strongly, felt dizzy like had to sit down
  • Ximending - No damage
  • Sun Moon lake - 8 seconds
  • Taipei - Bed shook. Only a few seconds.
  • Taoyuan city - Moderate shaking
  • Sanzhi - A heavy shaking at about 22.50. It lasted only 3 seconds but was quite strong.
  • Taipei - I was in bed. I felt it for about five seconds or so, just before 11 PM. My parakeet complained. I arranged a spot between the sofa and the coffee table in case a worse one hit.
  • taipei - Moderate shaking
  • Taipei City - Weak shaking
  • Лонгтан - Чувствовала довольно сильную тряску приблизительно 4 секунды .
  • Taipei - Bed was shaking. And feel a bit dizzy
  • taipei - Le lit a bougé pendant environ cinq seconde, il m\'a fallut du temps pour comprendre que le sol aussi. la chaise s\'est déplacé un peu c\'est tout.
  • Taipei city - I was watching movies and it totally shook me. I thought it was more than 4.5 Richter.
  • Taichung - Light to moderate shaking. Nothing special here.
  • New Taipei City - Sitting in living room drinking beer and thinking about the new year. My bookshelf swayed.
  • Taoyuan City - Moderate shaking
  • Douliu - about 30 seconds; glasses rattled lightly for about 2 seconds; no damage to anything; some in the building didn\'t even notice it.
  • Taipei - Table, chair shaked. Im nervous
  • Hsinchu - Light shaking for a couple of seconds, no damage.
  • Taipei - Was in the bunk at a Hostel - felt as though someone was throwing themselves down in the bunk above.
  • Luzhou - Slight shake. Lasted 30 seconds.
  • Taipei - Moderate shaking
  • Taipei City - shook hard enough for a few seconds where you have just enough time to wonder where your pets are...
  • Taoyuan - lasted about 3-5 seconds, moved up and down instead of shaking left and right.
  • Tamsui - Moderate shaking
  • Taipei - 10th floor, moderate shaking for no more than several seconds.
  • Hukou - I heard a loud bang as if a lorry hit the house then a rattling for about 3 seconds. It was a strange sensation and I had goosebumps. Really scary.
  • hsinchu - 10 seconds
  • Tamsui - Moderate shaking
  • Taipei - Felt in bed, at Hotel Sherwood, awakened by shaking and phone emergency alert.
  • Zhubei - Plus minus 10 seconds
  • Tianmu - Was on bed. Felt the bed swaying for 10 s

  • 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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