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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]

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Damage

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]

Aftershocks

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.

References

  1. ^ "Earthquake report". Central Weather Bureau. 2010-3-05. http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-3-08. 
  2. ^ a b 林紳旭 (2010-03-04). "高雄強震 全台96人受傷". CNA. http://www.cna.com.tw/ShowNews/Detail.aspx?pNewsID=201003040390&pType0=aALL. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  3. ^ "甲仙地震 台南多起電梯受困及火警". CNA. 2010-03-04. http://www.cna.com.tw/ShowNews/Detail.aspx?pNewsID=201003040027&pType0=aALL&pTypeSel=0. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ "6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan". The China Post. 2010-03-05. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2010/03/05/246938/64-quake.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Earthquake injures 64; 545,066 homes suffer blackouts". The China Post. 2010-03-05. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2010/03/05/246939/Earthquake-injures.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  6. ^ "6.4-magnitude quake hits southern Taiwan". CNN. 2010-03-03. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/03/taiwan.quake/index.html?hpt=T1. 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. http://news.chinatimes.com/2007Cti/2007Cti-News/2007Cti-News-Content/0,4521,50104574+132010030401802,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  8. ^ "楊秋興勘災 探內門紫竹寺". Sina. 2010-03-07. http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20100307/2860593.html. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits southern Taiwan; no tsunami alert issued". Associated Press /nydailynews.com. 2010-03-04. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/03/04/2010-03-04_powerful_64magnitude_earthquake_hits_southern_taiwan_no_tsunami_alert_issued.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  10. ^ "強震衝擊產業 損失逾11億". Apple Daily. 2010-03-04. http://tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/article/art_id/32339600/IssueID/20100305. 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. http://news.rti.org.tw/index_newsContent.aspx?nid=234553. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
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