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Earthquake Watch - Taiwan (General)

by dulan drift, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 19:38 (212 days ago)

Given that we can expect little to no guidance from the Taiwanese experts, earthquake prediction has become a DIY activity here, so this is to keep an eye on possible triggered shock zones following the earthquake swarm in Hualien

There are historical precedents of triggered sequences which suggest something could happen in the coming weeks, with the Rift Valley in Taidong being the likely location - so it makes sense to monitor activity in Taiwan for any signs of a pattern of foreshocks

Exhibit A is this one. Quite close to where the Chihshang shock occurred in the aftermath of the 1951 sequence and also the site of a cluster of quakes on Jan 1, which suggests the area is already unstable

If there was to be another major event, my money would be on somewhere around this location

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by dulan drift, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:15 (211 days ago) @ dulan drift

This rattled Taidong this morning - wave like motion which suggested it was some distance away - which was lucky coz I've got a huge hangover so I couldn't be arsed getting out of bed - but bigger here than what we felt for the Hualien quake

Interestingly no aftershocks so far - nor were there any for the 5M in Ilan a couple of days ago

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by dan @, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:40 (211 days ago) @ dulan drift

The thought of a major earthquake happening during a horrible hangover has crossed my mind. Having to evacuate on a hangover would just suck.

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by dulan drift, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 22:03 (210 days ago) @ dan

Following on from an earlier discussion, here's an interesting article on CWB's effort to control the information relating to earthquake warnings, specifically in the face of the mounting public pressure they faced to release data from the Magnetic Anomaly Signal map (which was subsequently released)

According to the head of CWB, Lin Po-yu:

"The Meteorological Act stipulates that the Bureau is the only agency authorized to publicly forecast or issue alerts on weather, earthquakes or marine weather, Lin said, adding that weather forecasting agencies in the military and Civil Aeronautics Administration are exempt,

As such, people who use observation data to make predictions about earthquakes could face a fine of NT$200,000 to NT$1 million (US$6,839 to US$34,194), Lin said."

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/02/22/2003688035

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by dulan drift, Monday, February 26, 2018, 16:53 (206 days ago) @ dulan drift

5.2 overnight in Ilan - the second 5M in that area in the last week - which marks it as the most post-Hualien active site in terms of 5M's

Residents of Ilan (and Taipei and Hualien) would do well to be on alert tonight and the coming few days

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by dulan drift, Monday, February 26, 2018, 17:16 (206 days ago) @ dulan drift

Another strong contender is this site, out to sea from the border of Hualien and Taidong - the same site as a 5M a few days ago

In fact this and the Ilan location appear to be playing pingpong at the moment

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by dulan drift, Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 14:13 (199 days ago) @ dulan drift

Very small quake but interesting location - right in Taipei city - not sure I've ever seen an earthquake centred there


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by dulan drift, Saturday, April 28, 2018, 08:15 (146 days ago) @ dulan drift

There has been an upsurge in earthquakes in southern Taidong in the last couple of days - five quakes around the 4M mark - the largest being the most recent one at 4.5

Occurring in a spot where I haven't seen quakes before - just off the coast near the border of Taidong and Pingdong

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by dulan drift, Monday, April 30, 2018, 06:54 (144 days ago) @ dulan drift

Another 4.6 at the same site in south-east Taidong yesterday - definitely something going on there - would be feeling a bit nervous if I was living in the Dawu area


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by dan @, Monday, April 30, 2018, 09:02 (144 days ago) @ dulan drift

This is looking increasingly similar to the run up to the Hualian quake.

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by dulan drift, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 18:57 (112 days ago) @ dan

Another cluster of earthquakes today - this time very close to Taidong city. Although the biggest was only 4.6, they are all very shallow and would be causing some frayed nerves at the very least

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by dulan drift, Sunday, June 10, 2018, 17:49 (102 days ago) @ dulan drift

Interesting scattergun pattern for earthquakes recently - normally they are concentrated around a particular hotspot but in the last 24 hours there have been earthquakes in five different counties


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by dan @, Sunday, June 10, 2018, 18:36 (102 days ago) @ dulan drift

Very interesting indeed. In fact I don't remember seeing anything quite like it. There was some activity over the last 3 weeks or so along that fault that runs south of Taiwan to the Philippines. That's sort of an under appreciated zone of activity.

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by dan @, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:14 (100 days ago) @ dan

There was another quake along that fault that runs south of Taiwan. This is the same area that had large earthquakes in 96 or so, one of which severed a major undersea communications cable and knocked out internet to much of Hong Kong for weeks.

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by dulan drift, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 20:09 (99 days ago) @ dan

There definitely seems to be a connection between quakes just south of Orchid Island and quakes just north of Taidong city, but the one you're referring to is more to the west? Almost due south of Taiwan? Is that the the Manilla Trench - famously rarely active but believed to potentially have an 8 or even 9M in it?


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