Earthquake Alert: Massive 7.4 Magnitude Strikes Taiwan – Tsunami Warnings Issued!

Hualien, Taiwan – A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Taiwan on Wednesday, triggering tsunami warnings for the island nation and southern Japan. The quake’s epicenter was located approximately 11 miles south of the city of Hualien, causing tremors felt across the island, including in Taipei.

The Taiwan Central Weather Administration issued a tsunami warning following the earthquake, alerting residents about the potential impact on the northern coastal area. The Japan Meteorological Agency also issued a tsunami warning for Miyakojima and Okinawa islands, with expected waves up to 3 meters high.

Several aftershocks were reported in Taiwan, with one reaching a magnitude of 6.5 according to the US Geological Survey. This earthquake is considered the strongest to hit the region in 25 years, surpassing the devastating 1999 quake that claimed thousands of lives.

Taiwan sits on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its seismic and volcanic activities originating from Indonesia to Chile. The island is no stranger to earthquakes, with a magnitude 6.2 quake in 2018 near Hualien resulting in casualties and injuries.

Hualien County, home to approximately 300,000 residents and renowned for the Taroko Gorge tourist destination, was particularly impacted by the recent quake. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, urging residents to take precautions and stay informed as the story continues to develop.