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2010 Kaohsiung earthquake
Date 4 March 2010 00:18:52 UTC (2010-03-04T00:18:52)
Magnitude 6.4 ML
Depth 5 kilometres (3 mi)[1]
Epicenter location 22°54′11″N 120°49′23″E / 22.903°N 120.823°E / 22.903; 120.823Coordinates: 22°54′11″N 120°49′23″E / 22.903°N 120.823°E / 22.903; 120.823
Countries or regions affected Jiaxian Township, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
Tsunami no
Casualties 96 injuries[2]

The 2010 Kaohsiung Earthquake measuring 6.4 ML occurred on March 4, 2010 at 00:18:52 UTC. The epicenter was located in the mountainous area of Kaohsiung County of the southwestern Taiwan.[3] It was the most powerful earthquake in Kaohsiung since 1900.[4] The quake didn't cause death, but injured 96 people.[2]



545,066 houses on the island suffered a power outage.[5] A bridge which connects Kaohsiung and Pingtung was blocked since it sunk after the quake.[5] Some trains of THSR were disrupted,[6] and one was de-railed while in an emergency braking.[7] 340 buildings of several schools had damaged by the quake. A religious building and some old structures collapsed.[8]

A fire occurred at a factory of the Everest Textile Co., Ltd (宏遠興業) in Tainan County.[9] The company lost more than 100 millions NTD from this fire. The quake also caused about 1 billions NTD loss to several manufacturers in a high-tech industrial park.[10]


The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks; the largest had a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale.[11]

Government response

While the government continues to monitor the situation, Taiwan's Ministry of Defense dispatched troops to Jiaxian.


  1. ^ "Earthquake report". Central Weather Bureau. 2010-3-05. Retrieved 2010-3-08. 
  2. ^ a b 林紳旭 (2010-03-04). "高雄強震 全台96人受傷". CNA. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  3. ^ "甲仙地震 台南多起電梯受困及火警". CNA. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ "6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan". The China Post. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Earthquake injures 64; 545,066 homes suffer blackouts". The China Post. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  6. ^ "6.4-magnitude quake hits southern Taiwan". CNN. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  7. ^ 彭群弼 (2010-03-04). "甲仙強震 高鐵首度在營運中出軌". BCC.,4521,50104574+132010030401802,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  8. ^ "楊秋興勘災 探內門紫竹寺". Sina. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits southern Taiwan; no tsunami alert issued". Associated Press / 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  10. ^ "強震衝擊產業 損失逾11億". Apple Daily. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  11. ^ "高雄甲仙餘震頻傳 最大規模5.7". Radio Taiwan International. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 


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