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The Devastating Impact of Taiwan’s Most Powerful Earthquake in 25 Years: Buildings Collapse, Lives Lost and Tsunami Warnings Triggered

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

A powerful earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, causing at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused buildings to collapse, power outages, landslides and triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.

Despite the severity of the earthquake, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand strong tremors and its population is well-prepared for such disasters. The island’s location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” makes it prone to frequent earthquakes due to the interaction of various tectonic plates.

The Pacific plate meets with several other plates, including the Eurasian, North American, Cocos, Philippine Sea, and Nazca plates, creating friction that accumulates energy and releases it in the form of earthquakes. In Taiwan, the Philippine Sea plate and the Eurasian plate interact, generating reverse faults that cause one plate to rise above the other.

Since 1980, over 2,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher have been recorded on the island. The deadliest earthquake was a magnitude 7.7 Chi-Chi quake in 1999 which caused over 2400 deaths and $3 billion in damages. President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed disaster response efforts were underway as she expressed her condolences to those affected by this catastrophic event.

By Samantha Nguyen

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