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Significant quakes in Taiwan area, 1980-1999

September 21, 1999
Web posted at: 11:59 p.m. HKT (1559 GMT)

The Taiwan region is prone to frequent earthquakes, although many occur beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean and cause little damage on land. Taiwan's most deadly quake was a 7.1 magnitude tremor on April 21, 1935. An estimated 3,300 died.

Some recent significant earthquakes (magnitude; epicenter; casualties, if any):

  • September 21, 1999 -- 7.6; central Taiwan Nantou and Taichang counties; 2,300 killed

  • May 3, 1998 -- 7.3; Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan

  • July 17, 1998 -- 5.4; southwest Taiwan; 5 killed, 27 injured

  • March 16, 1996 -- 6.4; Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan

  • September 5, 1996 -- 6.6; Luzon Strait south of Taiwan

  • February 23, 1995 -- 6.2; central Taiwan; 2 killed, 5 injured

  • June 23, 1995 -- 5.5; central Taiwan; 1 killed, 3 injured

  • May 24, 1994 -- 7.1; Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan

  • June 5, 1994 -- 6.6; central Taiwan; 1 killed, 2 injured

  • September 16, 1994 -- 6.7; Taiwan Strait southwest of Taiwan; 1 killed, 400 injured on Chinese mainland, structural damage on Taiwan

  • July 3, 1988 -- 4.7; northwest Taiwan; 11 injured

  • July 20, 1988 -- 5.7; central Taiwan; 1 killed, 1 injured

  • January 16, 1986 -- 5.8; east Taiwan; 4 injured

  • May 20, 1986 -- 6.4; central Taiwan; 1 killed, 5 injured

  • November 14, 1986 -- 7.8; southeast Taiwan; 15 killed, 44 injured

  • June 24, 1983 -- 6.7; Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan

    source: U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center

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