2 earthquakes hit Taiwan one after the other

2 earthquakes hit Taiwan one after the other

2 earthquakes hit Taiwan one after the other

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake quickly followed by another at 6.2 struck eastern Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s weather bureau said, with no reports of damage.

The first quake, which shook buildings in the capital Taipei, had a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles) with its epicentre in Hualien county on Taiwan’s sparsely populated and mountainous eastern coast, the bureau said. The second earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, struck a mere three minutes later.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates in the South China Sea and is prone to earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7.3 magnitude quake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999. 

Earthquakes in Taiwan may be linked to seasonal variations in the water cycle, driven by the Asian monsoon.

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