5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taiwan Strait, Felt as Far as Hong Kong

By Melanie Sun

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit in the Taiwan Strait on the morning of Nov. 26 at 7:57 a.m. local time.

Despite lasting only a few seconds, the tremor was felt as far away as Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Observatory said that it had received thousands of reports from people who would most likely have seen their windows and doors rattling from the quake.

“Initial estimate gave a local intensity of IV (four) on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, that is hanging objects swing,” the Observatory said in a statement.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located just over 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Taiwan’s Penghu Islands and occurred at a shallow depth of about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles).

There have been no injuries or damage reported from the quake at the time of publication.

According to local media reports, the 5.7 magnitude quake was followed by a 4.7 magnitude aftershock less than 20 minutes later.

Taiwan is located near the meeting point of two tectonic plates and often experiences earthquakes. However, earthquakes most commonly occur to the west of the island, making this earthquake a rare one for the region.

Earlier this year, in February, one such earthquake injured hundreds of people when buildings collapsed in the tourist city of Hualien on the west coast. 17 people died.

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