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7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Alert in Taiwan

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On Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued an orange tsunami alert, the second-highest level on the alert scale, in response to a powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off the east coast of Taiwan. The ministry's tsunami warning center cautioned of potential local tsunamis near the epicenter, situated close to the city of Hualien. These localized waves could cause significant damage to coastal areas within the affected region.

The earthquake occurred at 7:58 am local time at a depth of approximately 12 kilometers. The China Earthquake Networks Center determined the epicenter's location at 23.81 degrees north latitude and 121.74 degrees east longitude. The earthquake was felt across Taiwan, with strong shaking reported in the eastern part of the island.

Following the earthquake, the tsunami warning center issued an orange alert, indicating a potential for localized tsunamis within 100 kilometers of the epicenter. Coastal residents in the affected areas were advised to evacuate to higher ground and remain vigilant for further updates. The center also warned of possible aftershocks and advised people to take necessary precautions.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami alert have raised concerns about the safety of nuclear power plants in the region. Taiwan has three active nuclear power plants, two of which are located on the east coast. The government has assured the public that the plants are designed to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis, but the events have nevertheless heightened awareness of the potential risks.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09