Sunday, June 01, 2008


Some of you may have seen the news about an earthquake in Taiwan and wondered about what it was like given the tragedy on Mainland China.

Although everyone in my office felt it,I was sound asleep and felt absolutely nothing!!! No Problem so far. One person in our office said it was like a big truck hitting the house and another person said the bed shook so much and she was so afraid after the quake that she did not sleep all night. Actually, there were two substantial quakes yesterday..the one to the southeast and the one 44 miles from Taipei in the ocean.As the article states below, we have lots of little tremors and recognize them only because the pictures are askew. Luckily we have not really felt any, although if I had been awake, I think I would have felt this one.

Just thought I would let you know.

Strong earthquake hits northern Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Officials say a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Taiwan, rattling buildings, but causing no damage or casualties.

The Central Weather Bureau says the quake struck 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of the northeastern city of Ilan at 12:59 a.m. Monday.

Ilan is about 44 miles east of the capital of Taipei.

The CWS says this latest quake is not related to the 6.4 magnitude temblor that struck in the Pacific Ocean off of southern Taiwan on Sunday.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little damage. A 7.6-magnitude quake in central Taiwan in September 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.
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International Herald Tribune
Major earthquake strikes at sea off eastern Taiwan; no damage or injuries reported

The Associated Press
Sunday, June 1, 2008

TAIPEI, Taiwan: A powerful earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off southeastern Taiwan on Sunday, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude 6.8 quake hit at around 9:57 a.m. (0157 GMT). It was faintly felt in Taiwan.

The bureau said the epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean about 340 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of Taiwan's capital of Taipei, near the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines.

The epicenter was as deep as 29 miles (46 kilometers) below the ocean surface.

In Manila, Renato Solidum Jr., head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, gave the quake magnitude at 6.3.

He said the tremor was felt in the Philippines' northernmost province of Batanes but was too deep to cause any major damage or casualties.

No tsunami warning was issued because of the depth of the quake, and seismologists are still determining which fault line caused the temblor, he said.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in September 1999 killed more than 2,300 people, and in December 2006 a 6.7-magnitude offshore tremor south of the city of Kaohsiung severed two undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet service to millions of users throughout Asia.