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6.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Southern Taiwan

Posted on: March 3, 2010

A depiction of the epicenter of the quake.

At around 720 pm eastern time a 6.4 magnitude Earthquake struck Southern Taiwan. The quake hit in the early hours of the morning and caused severe damage to many buildings and major bridges. Power was cut from many places and the damages are still being calculated by officials. The main part of the quake hit a mountainous region about 40 miles east of major cities Tainan and Kao Hsiung. This is the same region that was devastated by Typhoon Morakot back in August that killed thousands. Residents are still haunted by the mudslide caused by the two feet of rain that buried an entire village of a few hundred people.

Electricity was cut off in many parts that were close to the epicenter of the quake. Many train services such as the high speed bullet train were disrupted or discontinued service for the day to check for any damage and to keep passengers’ safety in mind.

People living in the capital city of Taipei, which is 155 miles North could also feel the quake when it hit.There was an immediate aftershock that hit at 4.8 on the Richter Scale.

According to CNN “World Vision “has already been on high alert responding to the quakes in Haiti and Chile, so we’re closely monitoring reports in the earthquake in southern Taiwan.”

Hopefully, the injuries and damage were minimal as our world has been plagued by so many tragedies and natural disasters in recent time.

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