Taiwan Earthquake 2024: Deadliest earthquakes in the history of Taiwan

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New Delhi: Taiwan was jolted by a massive earthquake on Wednesday morning, killing at least four people and leaving over hundred injured. With a magnitude-7-plus tremor, the earthquake in the East Asian country is considered its biggest earthquake in the past 25 years. While the foundation of dozens of buildings was shaken by the earthquake, dozens of buildings collapsed into derbies. The rescue team has been employed to save the lives of several people reported to be trapped in rubble. This is not the first that the country has witnessed the deadliest earthquake, it has a vast history of reporting several earthquakes including some deadliest ones. Here in this article, we will take a look at some of the greatest earthquakes in the history of the island country.

Earthquake of Yujing, 2016

An earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted Yujing region of the country in 2016. A 17-story apartment complex in southwestern Taiwan collapsed in the quake, leading to 114 people dead. The USGS later mentioned that 90 earthquakes of similar intensity or greater than that had occurred within the area of 259 kilometres of the quake’s location in the past 100 years.

Earthquake of Chi-Chi, 1999

Jiji or Chi-Chi, an urban township located in the west central portion of Nantou County, Taiwan, was jolted by a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale in 1999, claiming the lives of around 2,500 people and leaving over 10,000 people injured. According to the USGS and the Central Weather Administration, the quake was the second-deadliest in the island’s history.

Earthquake of Tainan, 1941

Tainan City, situated on the western coast of Taiwan, was stuck by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale in December 1941. As per the United States Geological Survey, the quake claimed the lives of several hundred people and left many injured.

Earthquake of Taichung, 1935

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 stuck near Taiwan’s west coast in April 1935. According to the Central Weather Administration, the quake claimed over 3,200 people and around 12,000 were reported injured. Moreover, over 50,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in the quake.

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