HK shaken by Taiwan quake

Top News | Charlotte Luo 27 Nov 2018

More than 1,000 people alerted the Hong Kong Observatory that they felt the magnitude-5.7 earthquake off the western coast of Taiwan yesterday.

The temblor hit 470 kilometers east-northeast of Hong Kong - around 100km off the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait - at 7.57am at a depth of 13km.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, which the United States Geological Survey initially reported as magnitude 5.6.

"Initial estimates gave a local intensity of [four] on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, where hanging objects swing, and windows, dishes and doors rattle," the observatory said.

There have been around two earthquakes felt locally every year over the past four decades.

On the observatory's Facebook page, Hongkonger Ivy Leung said: "I can feel it at Diamond Hill. It lasted for 20 to 30 seconds. The shaking was strong on a higher floor of a building. The furniture shook."

Another, Cecilia Chan, said she felt it in Ap Lei Chau. "It lasted for five to six seconds," she said.

Residents in the city of Magong on Penghu island ran outside screaming "earthquake" after the tremor hit, Taiwanese media reported.

Those in Fujian province, which is even closer to Taiwan, also felt strong tremors.

Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link trains from Xiamen and Fuzhou to Hong Kong were delayed since the railway tracks needed to be inspected after the earthquake.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly affected by earthquakes.

In February, Hualien City was hit by a magnitude-6.4 earthquake that killed 17 people.

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