The Taiwan Central Weather Bureau reported a Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake at a depth of 19.4 km roughly 64 km off the eastern coast of Taiwan, slightly after 5.45 pm local time (slightly after 9.45 am GMT) on Monday 3 January 2022. There are no reports of any damage or casualties at this time, but it was felt on the northern part of the island.
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.
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