Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 23:30
23:30 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.1 quake 17 Jan 7:10 am (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred in the morning on Sunday 17 January 2021 at 7:10 am local time near Taitung City, Taiwan, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Taitung City (pop. 109,600) located 39 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Hengchun (pop. 31,300) located 83 km from the epicenter, Donggang (pop. 48,100) 95 km away, Kaohsiung City (pop. 1,519,700) 110 km away, and Yujing (pop. 16,600) 118 km away.
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Date & time: 17 Jan 2021 7:10 am (GMT +8) local time (16 Jan 2021 23:10 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.48°N / 121.37°E (Philippines Sea, Taiwan)
Primary data source: GFZ