Understanding the connection between Taiwan and earthquakes due to the Pacific Ring of Fire

In 1935, Taiwan experienced one of its deadliest earthquakes, near the island’s west coast. The Hsinchu Taichung earthquake resulted in the deaths of over 3,200 people and had a magnitude of 7.1. Over 12,000 individuals were injured and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed.

On Wednesday, Taiwan was struck by its strongest earthquake since 1999 when a 7.6-magnitude tremor hit central Taiwan and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people. Over 100,000 houses were damaged or destroyed in what was considered one of the most catastrophic earthquakes in the island’s history.

In recent years, Taiwan has experienced several devastating earthquakes that have caused widespread damage and loss of life. In 2016, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan caused a 17-story building to collapse in Tainan city, resulting in the deaths of at least 116 people. The epicenter of the quake was located in Taiwan’s central mountain range with Tainan being one of the hardest-hit areas. The quake disrupted water supply to many individuals and created a significant chasm in the ground.

By Samantha Johnson

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