Sunday, 7 February 2016

Twenty four confirmed deaths following Taiwan Earthquake.

Twenty four people have been confirmed dead and over five hundred have been injured with over a hundred more are still missing following an Earthquake in Taiwan that led to the collapse of a seventeen story residential building. The event happened slightly before 4.00 am local time on Saturday 6 February 2016 (slightly before 8.00 pm on Friday 5 February GMT), and was measured by the United States Geological Survey as having a magnitude of 6.7 and occurring at a depth of 10 km beneath the eastern part of the city of Tianan in the southern part of the country.

Rescue workers at the scene of the 6 February 2016 Tianan building collapse. Ashley Pon/Getty Images.

Taiwan has a complex tectonic setting, lying on the boundary between the Eurasian and Philippine Plates, with the Eurasian Plate being subducted beneath the Philippine Plate in the South and the Philippine Plate being subducted beneath the Eurasian in the East. Subduction is not a smooth process even in simple settings, with plates typically sticking together as pressure from tectonic expansion elsewhere builds up, then suddenly breaking apart and shifting abruptly, causing Earthquakes.

 The motion of the tectonic plates beneath Taiwan. The University of Memphis.
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
 The approximate location of the 6 February 2016 Tainan Earthquake. Google Maps.
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