Taiwan Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, CWB, media)

An earthquake of 5.9 M at a depth of 10 km occurred offshore in the Philippine Sea, close to coastal northeastern Taiwan on 7 August at 21.28 UTC.

The epicentre was located approximately 27 km southeast of Luodong Township (Yilan County). USGS PAGER estimates that up to 383,000 people were exposed to strong shaking.

As of 8 August, media report one fatality. More than 10,000 houses around the greater Taipei area and neighbouring Yilan County experienced power outages and several train services have been suspended in Yilan.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast for Yilan County over 811 August, due to the passage of Tropical Cyclone LEKIMA.

Source: European Commission's DirectorateGeneral for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations