A massive 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern coast of Taiwan on Sunday, bringing at least one building down in a small town and prompting Japan to issue a tsunami warning.
The quake hit at 2:44 pm (0644 GMT) about 50 kilometers north of the city of Taitung at a depth of 10 kilometers…
This is the second strong quake on the island in less than 20 hours.
The quake was felt across all of the island.
Photos showed buildings collapsed, and about 20 people were evacuated from a train derailed in the area.
Three people were trapped under the rubble of one building, while a fourth person was saved.
Strong earthquakes can lead to huge power outages… You will never be in the dark again with this portable power station…
A former Taiwanese presidential spokesperson said there were also damages reported at a school.
Meanwhile, at least one dead has been reported.
Second strong earthquake shaking Taiwan in less than a day
A M6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan’s southeastern Taitung County at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
There were reports of objects falling from store shelves in Taitung, while Kaohsiung’s metro system was temporarily suspended and there were at least five aftershocks.
The epicenter of the temblor was located about 35.8 kilometers north of Taitung County Hall, at a depth of 7.3 km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.
In the past two weeks alone, plenty of large earthquakes have hit a few Asian countries:
Can hurricanes trigger earthquakes?
A 2011 study by Wdowinski says tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) can create earthquakes.
Very wet rain events are the trigger. The heavy rain induces thousands of landslides and severe erosion, which removes ground material from the Earth’s surface, releasing the stress load and encouraging movement along faults.
During the last 60 years three very wet tropical cyclone events – Typhoons Morakot, Herb and Flossie – were followed within four years by major earthquakes in Taiwan’s mountainous regions. The 2009 Morakot typhoon was followed by a M6.2 in 2009 and M6.4 in 2010. The 1996 Typhoon Herb was followed by M6.2 in 1998 and M7.6 in 1999 and the 1969 Typhoon Flossie was followed by a M6.2 in 1972.
The 2010 M7 earthquake in Haiti occurred in the mountainous region one-and-a-half years after two hurricanes and two tropical storms drenched the island nation within 25 days.
The researchers suggest that rain-induced landslides and excess rain carries eroded material downstream. As a result the surface load above the fault is lessened. The reduced load unclamp the faults, which can promote an earthquake.
In other words, countries able to weaponize weather (a hurricane) would therefore be able to create strong earthquakes and thus large damage in a ‘unfriendly’ country, without dropping a bomb!
Two weeks ago, typhoon Hinnamnor hit Taiwan, the Korea and China. Before ravaging Japan yesterday, deadly supertyphoon Nanmadol, also brought brief localized rain to some regions in Taiwan.
You also know that Taiwan and China are currently heating each other up and China constantly uses geoengineering to weaponize its weather…
Always be ready!