7.2 Earthquake Hualien (General)

by dulan drift ⌂, Wednesday, April 03, 2024, 17:32 (110 days ago)

Hualien is not a place for the faint-hearted. Seems like there have been several 6+ers there in the last 6 years - so much for letting off tension.

At 7.2, it was a whole-island shake, at 8am. Another quake at 6+ struck shortly after.

Looking at the partially collapsed buildings, that would be about as scary as life could get whilst still being somehow survivable.


Seems the turtle head fell off Gwei Shan Dao - that's ... seismic.


7.2 Earthquake Hualien

by dan, Thursday, April 04, 2024, 15:24 (109 days ago) @ dulan drift

Good thing it hit in such a sparsely populated area. This would have been far worse had it happened anywhere on the west coast, obviously. Still, although only 9 dead is a miracle, over 1,000 injured indicates how widespread the damage was.

9 dead, 1,038 injured day after 7.2 earthquake hits Taiwan

Any word from Romain and Lou? Last I heard they were living in the Chenggong area.

7.2 Earthquake Hualien

by dulan drift ⌂, Saturday, April 06, 2024, 06:05 (107 days ago) @ dan

Romaine & Lou (& tribe) are fine. Seems it wasn't so intense to the south.

Got friends in Taipei on the 23rd floor who had the whole poltergeist experience where the cupboards fling open & the crockery comes flying out. Very scary when things start smashing.

Crazy footage of cars playing Russian roulette with boulders on the Su Hwa Highway. That road is dangerous at the best of times - i've always dreaded being on it during an earthquake.

The drivers somehow escaped with their lives.


Looking at CWB's earthquake catalog, they're been having a 3-4M tremor (quite feelable) every 10 minutes for the last two days - with a couple of 5s thrown in. That's gotta be nerve-shredding.

7.2 Earthquake Hualien

by dan, Saturday, April 06, 2024, 06:55 (107 days ago) @ dulan drift

That's absolutely insane.

It looks like at least those in the front seats of the car that got hit may have actually survived. Unfortunately, a child 'safety' seat tied up securely in the back wouldn't have provided much protection.

7.2 Earthquake Hualien

by dulan drift ⌂, Monday, May 06, 2024, 18:08 (77 days ago) @ dan

Normally, they say expect strong aftershocks in the 3-4 days after the main one. But this keeps going on. Including a 6+ three weeks after. Just now another 5.9

It's unusual to stay active this long. Must be very straining on the nerves for residents there.

Is this (Hualien) the most active earthquake zone in the world? It'd hold the record for the last 10 years, you'd think.

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