Written by on . Last updated April 17th, 2024.

A shallow and significant M5.3 earthquake struck in the Philippine Sea 28 kilometer from Hualien City, Taiwan in the morning of Wednesday April 3rd, 2024. Around 24 million people have been exposed to shaking. Another nearby country is Japan.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 25 kilometers (15 mi) off the coast of Taiwan, 28 kilometer south-east of Hualien City in Hualien County. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 17 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Apr 3, 2024 09:39 (Taipei Time)
- Apr 3, 2024 01:39 Universal Time.
Location: 28 km SE of Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan.
Coordinates 23°47'48"N 121°47'43"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 308 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.033 .
Depth: 17 km (11 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Max. Intensity:
V
Moderate

On the Modified Mercalli Scale.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Minimal impact predicted

Based on scientific estimates by the US Geographic Survey (USGS), the risk of high fatalities for this earthquake is classified at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 fatalities, and a 96% chance that the number of fatalities falls no higher than 10.

The USGS classifies the economic impact of this earthquake at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 million US Dollars in economic damage and impact, and a 96% chance that the economic impact of this earthquake falls no higher than 10 million USD.

Roughly 24 million people exposed to shaking

An estimated 24 million have been exposed to shaking (An MMI or Modified Mercalli Intensity level II or higher) as a result of this earthquake according scientific estimates published by the USGS.

Moderate shaking and very light damage may have been experienced by an estimated 65,300 people. At V, it is the highest MMI level this earthquake has caused. The majority of people (roughly 23 million) live in an area exposed to level III, where weak shaking and probably no damage is expected.

People in 3 countries have been exposed to shaking. In Taiwan , around 23 million people, with impact levels up to V (moderate shaking, very light damage). In Japan and China, a smaller number of people were exposed.

People MMI Level Shaking Damage
0
I
Not noticable None
31,200
II
Very weak None
22,890,000
III
Weak Probably none
528,100
IV
Light Likely none
65,300
V
Moderate Very light
0
VI
Strong Light
0
VII
Very Strong Moderate
0
VIII
Severe Moderate to heavy
0
IX
Violent Heavy
0
X
Extreme Very heavy

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. Taiwan and Japan are both within 300km distance of its epicenter.

The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Hualien City in Hualien County, Taiwan. Hualien City is located 28 kilometer (17 mi) south-east of the epicenter. The intensity of shaking and damage in Hualien City is estimated to be around level V on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale (moderate shaking, very light damage).

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Taipei is located 142 km to the north and experienced an intensity of III (weak shaking, probably no damage). Hualien City is located 28 km to the northwest and experienced an intensity of V (moderate shaking, very light damage). Taichung is located 119 km to the west-northwest and experienced an intensity of III (weak shaking, probably no damage).

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake. Where available, the estimated intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale in each place is included. Places where this information is omitted likely experienced little impact.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place Intensity (MMI)
28 km (17 mi)
NW from epicenter
Hualien City

Hualien County, Taiwan.
V
Moderate
86 km (53 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Puli

Nantou County, Taiwan.
IV
Light
106 km (66 mi)
W from epicenter
Lugu

Nantou County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
107 km (66 mi)
N from epicenter
Yilan

Yilan County, Taiwan.
IV
Light
114 km (71 mi)
W from epicenter
Zhongxing New Village

Nantou County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
116 km (72 mi)
W from epicenter
Nantou

Nantou County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
119 km (74 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Taichung

Taichung City, Taiwan.
III
Weak
125 km (78 mi)
W from epicenter
Yuanlin

Changhua County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
128 km (80 mi)
W from epicenter
Douliu

Yunlin County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
131 km (81 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Daxi

Taoyuan City , Taiwan.
III
Weak
139 km (86 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Banqiao

New Taipei City, Taiwan.
III
Weak
140 km (87 mi)
NW from epicenter
Hsinchu

Hsinchu County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
142 km (88 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Taoyuan City

Taoyuan City , Taiwan.
III
Weak
142 km (88 mi)
N from epicenter
Taipei

Taipei City, Taiwan.
III
Weak
148 km (92 mi)
N from epicenter
Keelung

Keelung, Taiwan.
III
Weak
155 km (96 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Yujing

Tainan City, Taiwan.
III
Weak
185 km (115 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Tainan

Tainan City, Taiwan.
III
Weak
200 km (124 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
III
Weak
202 km (126 mi)
SW from epicenter
Donggang

Pingtung County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
226 km (140 mi)
W from epicenter
Magong

Penghu County , Taiwan.
227 km (141 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Hengchun

Pingtung County, Taiwan.
III
Weak
247 km (153 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Ishigaki

Okinawa, Japan.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Earthquake Intensity Map

The maximum intensity (MMI Scale) caused by this earthquake is V. The map below shows in which areas this earthquake was the most and least impactful. It is based on data from the US Geographic Survey.

I Not felt
II Weak
III Weak
IV Light
V Moderate
VI Strong
VII Very Strong
VIII Severe
IX Violent
X Extreme
Earthquake Intensity Map based on Shakemap Data provided by USGS.

Shaking reported by 2 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 2 people have reported shaking in one place in Taiwan.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Yungho, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan: 2 people.

155 Aftershocks detected

This main shock was followed by 155 smaller aftershocks. Just 13 mins after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-6.4 was detected 29 km (18 mi) north-northeast of this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock M 7.4 Apr 3, 2024 07:58
(Taipei Time)
-
Aftershock M 6.4 13 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:11 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 25 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:23 (Taipei Time)
18 km (11 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.7 37 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:35 (Taipei Time)
41 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.5 46 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:43 (Taipei Time)
16 km (10 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.7 49 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:46 (Taipei Time)
41 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.2 53 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 08:50 (Taipei Time)
4 km (2.4 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:01 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:06 (Taipei Time)
17 km (11 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:07 (Taipei Time)
31 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:09 (Taipei Time)
43 km (27 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.2 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:09 (Taipei Time)
45 km (28 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:11 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:13 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:13 (Taipei Time)
30 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:15 (Taipei Time)
27 km (17 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:15 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:17 (Taipei Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:19 (Taipei Time)
10 km (6 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 1 hr later
Apr 3, 2024 09:21 (Taipei Time)
30 km (18 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:30 (Taipei Time)
53 km (33 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:33 (Taipei Time)
30 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.6 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:39 (Taipei Time)
23 km (14 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:41 (Taipei Time)
78 km (48 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:45 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:47 (Taipei Time)
31 km (19 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:48 (Taipei Time)
25 km (16 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:49 (Taipei Time)
36 km (22 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:51 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:53 (Taipei Time)
7 km (4 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 09:59 (Taipei Time)
35 km (22 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:07 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:08 (Taipei Time)
22 km (13 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:13 (Taipei Time)
43 km (27 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.7 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:14 (Taipei Time)
57 km (35 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:23 (Taipei Time)
46 km (28 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:28 (Taipei Time)
45 km (28 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:35 (Taipei Time)
31 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:38 (Taipei Time)
14 km (8 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:44 (Taipei Time)
59 km (37 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:46 (Taipei Time)
9 km (6 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:48 (Taipei Time)
59 km (37 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:51 (Taipei Time)
16 km (10 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 10:54 (Taipei Time)
23 km (15 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:01 (Taipei Time)
51 km (31 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:02 (Taipei Time)
11 km (7 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:08 (Taipei Time)
40 km (25 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:11 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:12 (Taipei Time)
17 km (11 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:14 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:20 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 3 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:22 (Taipei Time)
39 km (24 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:35 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:37 (Taipei Time)
11 km (7 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:40 (Taipei Time)
39 km (24 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:45 (Taipei Time)
20 km (12 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:50 (Taipei Time)
22 km (14 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:57 (Taipei Time)
4 km (2.2 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:08 (Taipei Time)
22 km (14 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 4 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:21 (Taipei Time)
36 km (22 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:34 (Taipei Time)
22 km (14 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:36 (Taipei Time)
30 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:48 (Taipei Time)
45 km (28 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:56 (Taipei Time)
56 km (35 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 12:58 (Taipei Time)
40 km (25 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 13:22 (Taipei Time)
11 km (7 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 13:23 (Taipei Time)
30 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 5 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 13:28 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 6 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 13:33 (Taipei Time)
47 km (29 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 6 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 13:38 (Taipei Time)
11 km (7 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 6 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 14:10 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 7 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 14:31 (Taipei Time)
7 km (5 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 7 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 14:33 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 7 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 15:05 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 8 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 16:17 (Taipei Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 16:38 (Taipei Time)
12 km (7 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 16:56 (Taipei Time)
24 km (15 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:08 (Taipei Time)
8 km (5 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:15 (Taipei Time)
17 km (10 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:20 (Taipei Time)
23 km (15 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 9 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:22 (Taipei Time)
5 km (3 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 10 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:28 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 10 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:40 (Taipei Time)
31 km (19 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 10 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 17:53 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 11 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 18:38 (Taipei Time)
43 km (27 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 11 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 18:56 (Taipei Time)
23 km (14 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 11 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 19:22 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 12 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 19:51 (Taipei Time)
25 km (15 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 12 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 20:02 (Taipei Time)
26 km (16 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 13 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 21:24 (Taipei Time)
47 km (29 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 14 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 21:52 (Taipei Time)
47 km (29 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 14 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 22:17 (Taipei Time)
58 km (36 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 15 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 22:29 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 15 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 22:38 (Taipei Time)
38 km (24 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 15 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 22:49 (Taipei Time)
46 km (29 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 15 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 23:20 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 16 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 23:39 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 16 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 23:42 (Taipei Time)
40 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 16 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 23:54 (Taipei Time)
40 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 16 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 23:55 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 17 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 01:18 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 18 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 01:39 (Taipei Time)
9 km (5 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 19 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 02:29 (Taipei Time)
24 km (15 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 19 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 02:30 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 19 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 02:55 (Taipei Time)
41 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 19 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 03:07 (Taipei Time)
18 km (11 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 20 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 03:46 (Taipei Time)
25 km (16 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 20 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 04:26 (Taipei Time)
50 km (31 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 21 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 04:29 (Taipei Time)
56 km (35 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 21 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 05:19 (Taipei Time)
44 km (27 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 22 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 05:56 (Taipei Time)
41 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 23 hrs later
Apr 4, 2024 06:46 (Taipei Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 08:18 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 08:32 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 09:29 (Taipei Time)
5 km (3 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 10:02 (Taipei Time)
55 km (34 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 10:04 (Taipei Time)
43 km (27 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 11:10 (Taipei Time)
45 km (28 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 11:14 (Taipei Time)
23 km (14 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 11:31 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 12:11 (Taipei Time)
47 km (29 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 13:00 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 13:16 (Taipei Time)
44 km (27 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 2 days later
Apr 4, 2024 22:30 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Apr 4, 2024 22:53 (Taipei Time)
53 km (33 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 01:22 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 01:24 (Taipei Time)
50 km (31 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 02:35 (Taipei Time)
38 km (24 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 02:42 (Taipei Time)
64 km (40 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 03:48 (Taipei Time)
51 km (31 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 03:55 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 04:28 (Taipei Time)
50 km (31 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 05:10 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 09:17 (Taipei Time)
52 km (33 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 10:10 (Taipei Time)
12 km (7 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 12:36 (Taipei Time)
49 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 12:40 (Taipei Time)
40 km (25 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 12:50 (Taipei Time)
32 km (20 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 13:02 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 14:12 (Taipei Time)
2.5 km (1.6 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 17:04 (Taipei Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 17:53 (Taipei Time)
49 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 18:08 (Taipei Time)
29 km (18 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 3 days later
Apr 5, 2024 20:59 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 3 days later
Apr 5, 2024 21:34 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 3 days later
Apr 5, 2024 23:00 (Taipei Time)
53 km (33 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 00:14 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 00:19 (Taipei Time)
48 km (30 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 00:22 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 01:17 (Taipei Time)
27 km (17 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 02:49 (Taipei Time)
42 km (26 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 04:12 (Taipei Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 04:26 (Taipei Time)
27 km (17 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 05:34 (Taipei Time)
24 km (15 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 06:53 (Taipei Time)
37 km (23 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 09:37 (Taipei Time)
51 km (32 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

The chance that a significant earthquake like this one is followed by an even larger earthquake is not so large. On average, scientists estimate a 94% chance that a major earthquake will not be followed by an even larger one. It is still adviced to be aware of this risk

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since April 3rd, 2024, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 39 km (24 mi) further north. An even stronger magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck on April 2nd, 2024.

In total, 85 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every month.

Low tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 17 km (11 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/04/24 02:08 (). As more information on this earthquake becomes available this article will be updated. This article is automatically composed based on data originating from multiple sources.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000m9h9
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240403_0000024
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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