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

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Taiwan Jul 17 19:16 4.6 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Jul 02 06:45 4.0 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Jun 26 12:42 4.1 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Jun 21 23:36 4.5 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Su'ao, Taiwan Jun 21 07:25 4.2 60 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Taiwan Jun 21 07:25 4.4 53 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Taiwan Jun 21 07:25 4.4 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Taiwan Region Jun 20 14:02 4.5 195 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Taiwan Region Jun 20 14:02 4.5 200 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Jun 15 21:29 4.3 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Northeast Of Taiwan Jun 10 22:13 4.9 140 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Taiwan Region Jun 07 02:45 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Taiwan Region Jun 04 13:24 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Region May 28 23:20 4.2 24 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Taiwan Region May 28 19:29 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Taiwan Region May 28 19:29 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan Region May 28 19:27 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Taiwan May 25 05:48 4.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Taiwan May 24 13:10 5.0 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chiaya - Lasted about 45 seconds. Moved the hotel I'm staying in. The whole wall was shifting. No damage at all.
  • GEOFON Taiwan May 24 13:10 4.7 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jiayi Shi, Taiwan May 24 13:10 4.5 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Taiwan May 24 09:49 4.1 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region May 16 11:03 4.6 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan May 15 23:12 5.3 17 MAP I Felt It
  • Taichung - I heard a 'sound' of the building moving followed by feeling a rocking motion. The room divider and the lighting fixtures swayed to and fro. Then, it stopped as quickly began.
  • EMSC Taiwan May 15 23:12 5.4 25 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan May 15 23:12 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northeast Of Taiwan May 06 18:02 4.2 182 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan May 05 05:07 4.5 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Apr 30 01:57 5.3 107 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Apr 30 01:57 5.1 93 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Keelung, Taiwan Apr 13 19:41 4.7 180 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Apr 13 19:41 4.7 172 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Apr 13 19:41 4.5 166 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taitung City, Taiwan Mar 29 16:34 4.5 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Mar 29 16:34 4.5 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 25 15:02 4.1 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Zhongpu - Mild quake. Short. Not too concerning.
  • EMSC Taiwan Mar 23 17:09 4.1 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chiayi/Zhongpu - No damage. Just very short and sudden quake
  • EMSC Taiwan Mar 19 23:48 4.3 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Su'ao, Taiwan Mar 07 22:10 4.9 54 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Mar 07 22:10 5.0 50 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Taiwan Region Mar 07 22:10 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Mar 04 10:33 4.0 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Taiwan Region Feb 27 16:18 4.9 45 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Taiwan Region Feb 27 16:18 4.9 48 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Feb 27 16:18 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Feb 22 02:57 4.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Feb 21 04:43 4.3 264 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Feb 21 04:43 4.2 266 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Taiwan Region Feb 14 06:54 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Region Feb 14 06:54 4.2 10 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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