A 6.4 earthquake shook Hualien City, Taiwan cruise port on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Hualien City is a county-controlled city and the county seat of Hualien County, Taiwan. It is located on the east coast of Taiwan on the Pacific Ocean, and has a population of 350,468 inhabitants.
The epicenter of Tuesday’s quake was 18.3 northeast of Hualien County hall at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and was the 94th earthquake since a spate of quakes started on Sunday, February 4.
Four people are dead, at least 145 people are missing, as search and rescue operations continue. Four major buildings have collapsed in Hualien City, including the Marshal Hotel on Gongyuan Road, Platinum Twin Star Building on Guosheng 6th Street, Wu-ju-wu-shu Building on Guosheng 6th Street, and Yun Men Tsui Ti Building on Shangxiao Street.
The February 6, 2018, 6.4 earthquake north-northeast of Hualien, Taiwan, occurred as the result of oblique strike-slip faulting at shallow depth, near the plate boundary between the Philippine Sea and Eurasia plates at the northeast coast of Taiwan. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate rupture occurred on a steep fault striking either east-southeast (right-lateral), or south-southwest (left-lateral).
At the location of this earthquake, the Philippine Sea plate converges with the Eurasia plate at a velocity of approximately 75 mm/yr towards the northwest. The location, depth and mechanism of the February 6, 2018 earthquake are consistent with its occurrence on, or along a fault in close proximity and relation to, the complex plate boundary in this region.
- Hualien City, Taiwan 2.3 km (13.9 mi) NNE – Population: 350,468
- Yilan, Taiwan 65.4 km (40.6 mi) S – Population: 94,188
- Puli, Taiwan 73.2 km (45.5 mi) ENE – Population: 86,406
- Daxi, Taiwan 86.8 km (53.9 mi) SSE – Population: 84,549
- Zhongxing New Village, Taiwan 101.3 km (62.9 mi) ENE- Population: 25,549
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