Friday April 19, 2024

Taiwan's earthquake history: Unveiling strongest tremors along 'Ring of Fire'

Earthquake of 7.2 magnitude kills 9, injures more than 800 in Taiwan

By Web Desk
April 03, 2024

Taiwan is located along the "Ring of Fire," a chain of seismic faults that encircles the Pacific Ocean and is the epicentre of most earthquakes worldwide.

Over the years, countless tremours have shaken Taiwan.

Here are the most strongest earthquakes to ever strike Taiwan in contemporary times.

On Wednesday, Taiwan had its largest earthquake in the past 25 years, with a magnitude of 7.2. The earthquake has left numerous people injured and at least nine dead.

In addition, at least 114 individuals lost their lives when a 17-storey apartment building fell in Yujing as a result of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 2016.

About 2,500 people died as a result of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Chi-Chi region of central Taiwan in 1999.

In addition to injuring many, this earthquake catastrophe also destroyed houses and other structures.

One of the worst earthquakes ever recorded in the country, the 1941 southwestern Taiwan earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale, claimed several hundred lives.

With 3,200 fatalities, this 7.1-magnitude earthquake was Taiwan's deadliest in 1935. At least 50,000 dwellings were demolished or severely damaged, and about 12,000 people were injured.