Taiwan Earthquake 2011: This is the latest news update that a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Taiwan Region on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 04:00:50 PM at epicenter. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. While on the other side, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck the northern Philippines. It occurred deep under the ocean floor and was not expected to cause any major damage.
The location of the earthquake in Taiwan is about 800 kilometers away north of the Philippines, and the earthquake occured nearly the same time as in Ilocos Region, at 4:00 in the afternoon. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau says the earthquake hit at 4 p.m. (0800 GMT) Sunday and was centred 28 miles (45 kilometres) from Taitung county and about 185 miles (300 kilometres) southeast of Taipei.
However a large earthquake struck the island of Taiwan at approximately 1:45 a.m. (local time) on September 20, 1999. The death toll was 2,400, and some 10,000 people were injured.
Thousands of houses collapsed, making more than 100,000 people homeless. The magnitude of the main shock was 7.7, resulting in about 10,000 buildings irreparably damaged and 7,500 partially damaged.