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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake hits Taipei City (Update)
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-12 09:46 AM
Early Wednesday morning, a Richter magnitude-4.0 earthquake shook Taipei City at 00:31 am. The epicenter was located in the Shihlin District of Taipei City at a depth of 6.3 km. The largest intensity of earthquake motion took place in YangMing Mountain, which registered 4 on the Richter scale. Wugu District of New Taipei City and Taipei City registered 3 and 2 on the Richter scale, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The tremor was also recorded in the areas outside Taipei, including Taoyuan Couty/City, Keelung City, and Hsinchu City, which registered 3, 2, and 1 on the Richter scale respectively. No damage has been reported so far, according to the authorities.

The official in the Central Weather Bureau explained the earthquake in the midnight is not related to the volcanic activity of Da-tun Mountains, attributing the earthquake to the stress changes in solid rock due to the withdrawal of magma. Then the rock is moving to fill in spaces where magma was no longer present. The earthquakes don’t indicate that the volcano eruption will occur soon, said the official.

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