Monday, April 20, 2015

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off Japan's Okinawa, Taiwan, Japan

School children were evacuated to higher ground on some islands and buildings swayed in Taipei after a strong earthquake struck Monday in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa.

Japan's Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami of up to 1 metre, but it was cancelled just over an hour later. The public broadcaster NHK said there were no initial reports of damage.

The epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 quake was at a shallow point near the Yonaguni islands, the agency said. It said no tsunami was detected.

Television footage of the area showed calm seas, but as a precaution school children in some low-lying areas of islands in the area were evacuated to safer locations.

In Taiwan's capital, Taipei, CCTV footage from a television broadcaster, TBS, showed signs and lights swinging from the ceiling of a newsroom, and some residents rushing into the streets after the quake struck.
  • Earthquake M 6.6 - TAIWAN REGION - 2015-04-20 01:42:59 UTC
Magnitude Mw 6.6
Date time 2015-04-20 01:42:59.2 UTC
Location 24.18 N ; 122.44 E
Depth 30 km
Distances 133 km SE of Taipei, Taiwan / pop: 7,871,900 / local time: 09:42:59.2 2015-04-20 
88 km E of Hualian, Taiwan / pop: 350,468 / local time: 09:42:59.2 2015-04-20 
65 km SW of Yonakuni, Japan / pop: 1,684 / local time: 10:42:59.2 2015-04-20


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