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The Earthquake Safety & Advice Guide

What are Earthquakes?

An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the Earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the Earth’s surface. Ground shaking from earthquakes can collapse buildings and bridges; disrupt gas, electric, and phone service; and sometimes trigger landslides, avalanches, flash floods, fires, and huge, destructive ocean waves (tsunamis). Learn whether earthquakes are a risk in your area by contacting your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter.

Why Talk about Earthquakes?

For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of plate tectonics have shaped the Earth as the huge plates that form the Earth’s surface move slowly over, under, and past each other. Sometimes the movement is gradual. Where earthquakes have occurred in the past, they will happen again.

No matter where you live or work, you are exposed to natural hazards. Many of these hazards may be known to you, but possibly not well understood. For instance, earthquakes occur without warning and affect everyone in a region within seconds. But the amount of shaking depends on many factors such as magnitude, location, the type of soil under your building, the type of building you’re in, etc. Certainly some parts of the world have more earthquake risk than others, but you may travel to these areas on vacation, for work, or for school.

The Seismicity Report Archive 2016

No.
GMT+8 (Taiwan)
Longitude
Latitude
ML
Depth
Location
Local2016-12-01 05:18121.3222.883.811.8 km22.3 km NE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-01 19:15121.3322.83.89.3 km18.5 km ENE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-02 09:38120.6722.843.711.4 km25.6 km NE of Pingtung County
Local2016-12-02 13:45121.7124.734.478.7 km5.2 km W of Yilan County
Local2016-12-02 14:46121.9824.483.924.1 km35.2 km SE of Yilan County
Local2016-12-03 14:37121.5722.774.131.6 km43.3 km E of Taitung County
Local2016-12-03 14:48121.8224.79460.8 km8.8 km NE of Yilan County
1072016-12-04 17:22121.6924.13410.4 km17.0 km NNE of Hualien County
Local2016-12-04 17:40121.5223.963.421.7 km10.9 km WSW of Hualien County
Local2016-12-05 03:15121.6724.113.69.4 km13.8 km NNE of Hualien County
Local2016-12-05 11:28122.0824.324.29.7 km55.7 km SE of Yilan County
Local2016-12-06 17:11121.6424.143.46.7 km16.7 km N of Hualien County
Local2016-12-07 09:55120.4123.07420.4 km24.7 km ENE of Tainan City
Local2016-12-07 10:25120.0222.963.87.4 km17.6 km WSW of Tainan City
1082016-12-09 12:09122.0724.775.266.5 km31.0 km E of Yilan County
Local2016-12-09 16:03121.8124.413.612.8 km35.7 km S of Yilan County
Local2016-12-09 19:57121.7724.413.311.9 km36.0 km S of Yilan County
Local2016-12-10 14:56120.4423.223.411.5 km29.2 km S of Chiayi City
Local2016-12-11 21:34120.7423.493.915.4 km29.6 km E of Chiayi City
Local2016-12-11 23:02120.6723.633.613.1 km16.2 km ESE of Yunlin County
Local2016-12-11 23:08120.7223.53.911.7 km27.3 km E of Chiayi City
Local2016-12-11 23:18120.7423.513.716.2 km28.8 km E of Chiayi City
Local2016-12-12 04:16120.9721.495.133.9 km141.4 km SE of Pingtung County
Local2016-12-12 22:11121.3422.613.719.3 km25.1 km SE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-13 02:40121.624.163.45.1 km19.3 km N of Hualien County
Local2016-12-13 02:43121.6624.113.511.3 km13.7 km NNE of Hualien County
Local2016-12-13 17:00121.924.443.621.0 km35.4 km SE of Yilan County
Local2016-12-15 22:11121.2922.884.28.2 km20.0 km NE of Taitung County
1092016-12-15 22:14121.2922.855.216.8 km17.7 km NE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-15 22:15121.322.884.410.5 km20.1 km NE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-16 00:09121.2922.834.122.0 km16.5 km ENE of Taitung County
1102016-12-16 04:05121.2722.844.516.0 km15.6 km NE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-16 09:04121.222.92413.9 km18.6 km NNE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-16 12:28121.2722.863.910.3 km16.7 km NE of Taitung County
Local2016-12-17 13:42121.0221.734.623.2 km114.0 km S of Taitung County
Local2016-12-18 03:18121.78
3.45.1 km5.1 km35.9 km S of Yilan County
Local2016-12-18 03:55121.773.36.7 km6.7 km36.5 km S of Yilan County
Earthquake report data is sourced from The Central Weather Bureau

The Seismicity Report Archive 2015

No.
GMT+8 (Taiwan)
Longitude
Latitude
ML
Depth
Location
872015-12-02 13:21121.9124.194.923.9 km36.9 km NE of Hualien County
882015-12-02 13:53121.8924.184.624.3 km35.0 km NE of Hualien County
Local2015-12-02 14:32121.8924.183.823.5 km34.7 km NE of Hualien County
Local2015-12-02 19:59121.924.193.925.9 km35.8 km NE of Hualien County
892015-12-03 09:37121.8124.794.471.3 km7.9 km NE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-03 20:06121.6623.79436.5 km22.2 km SE of Hualien County
902015-12-03 22:31121.3922.65.325.9 km29.4 km ESE of Taitung County
Local2015-12-04 07:16121.3822.613.726.2 km29.0 km ESE of Taitung County
Local2015-12-05 15:53121.6122.783.819.3 km47.3 km E of Taitung County
Local2015-12-05 21:20120.323.313.111.6 km16.1 km S of Chiayi County
912015-12-06 12:42121.924.184.524.5 km34.8 km ENE of Hualien County
Local2015-12-06 13:06122.3924.764.3107.8 km63.8 km E of Yilan County
Local2015-12-08 02:20121.4623.913.321.5 km19.2 km WSW of Hualien County
Local2015-12-08 17:03121.5524.18323.0 km22.0 km NNW of Hualien County
Local2015-12-09 13:02120.2123.092.715.7 km11.3 km NNE of Tainan City
Local2015-12-09 15:37121.6324.33.420.7 km34.0 km N of Hualien County
Local2015-12-11 13:11121.9224.413.925.0 km38.7 km SE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-11 17:44121.3423.383.212.3 km71.4 km NNE of Taitung County
Local2015-12-12 06:27121.4723.943.218.5 km16.5 km WSW of Hualien County
0922015-12-12 23:39
121.3423.384.413.0 km71.5 km NNE of Taitung County
0932015-12-12 23:47121.3423.374.612.4 km71.0 km NNE of Taitung County
Local2015-12-13 02:28121.3423.393.711.4 km72.4 km SSW of Hualien County
0942015-12-14 15:19121.4623.924.222.3 km18.0 km WSW of Hualien County
Local2015-12-17 11:03121.5323.213.738.3 km64.3 km NE of Taitung County
Local2015-12-18 02:38121.0224.732.58.4 km9.7 km SE of Hsinchu City
Local2015-12-20 18:13121.9724.523.813.1 km30.9 km SE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-21 01:05121.8424.43313.3 km34.2 km SE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-21 05:46121.9424.833.27.4 km21.1 km ENE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-21 06:36120.3223.233.714.6 km25.3 km S of Chiayi County
Local2015-12-21 12:51121.9624.43.320.0 km41.4 km SE of Yilan County
Local2015-12-22 12:30121.7924.373.116.4 km40.2 km S of Yilan County
952015-12-22 14:08121.5923.824.427.7 km19.7 km S of Hualien County
Local2015-12-22 22:41121.5624.182.923.3 km22.0 km NNW of Hualien County
Local2015-12-24 02:40121.6423.853.936.8 km16.0 km S of Hualien County
Local2015-12-24 17:11121.7924.063.922.1 km18.9 km ENE of Hualien County
0962015-12-25 03:18121.0523.974.17.4 km37.0 km E of Nantou County
0972015-12-25 05:20121.0324.054.621.2 km36.9 km ESE of Taichung City
0982015-12-26 05:10121.2324.83.711.3 km22.4 km E of Hsinchu County
Local2015-12-26 05:21121.2324.83.211.8 km22.1 km SSW of Taoyuan City
Local2015-12-26 10:35121.0322.412.912.1 km40.2 km SSW of Taitung County
992015-12-26 12:05121.6824.214.415.7 km25.5 km NNE of Hualien County
Local2015-12-27 00:09119.9722.533.236.5 km36.8 km WSW of Kaohsiung City
Local2015-12-27 15:00122.5924.574.893.6 km85.9 km E of Yilan County
Local2015-12-27 18:39121.624.193.220.6 km22.1 km N of Hualien County
Local2015-12-28 08:01121.3823.213.519.5 km55.3 km NNE of Taitung County
1002015-12-31 08:53121.821.415147.4 km163.6 km SE of Taitung County
Earthquake report data is sourced from The Central Weather Bureau

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