Strong Earthquake in Taiwan Strait Felt in Shenzhen, Hong Kong

By Matthew Bossons, November 26, 2018

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An earthquake struck the Taiwan Strait this morning just before 8am. The quake, which occurred at a depth of around 20 kilometers, was measured at a magnitude of 6.2, according to China Earthquake Networks Center

The United States Geological Survey offered a slightly different reading, assessing the seismic occurance as a 5.7-magnitutde earthquake. 

Two aftershocks have been reported by the China Earthquake Networks Center, a 3.4-magnitude shake at 8.15am and a 3.4-magnitude tremor at 10.55am. All three seismic events were recorded in the same place, at latitude 23.3 degrees north and longitude 118.6 degrees east.

People in Taiwan, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong felt the quake, with folks as far away as Hong Kong reporting shaking. “Felt earthquake shocks for five-eight seconds here in Hong Kong early [this] morning at 7.58-59am,” said Sujit Zine, according to Daily Star.

Multiple train lines were delayed this morning in the aftermath of the earthquake, including the Hangzhou-Shenzhen line, according to People's Daily Online


Image via Youth.cn

Some Weibo users, as well as folks in Shenzhen-focused WeChat groups, also claim to have felt the quake in Shenzhen. 

“When I saw my bed and window starting to move, my first reaction was to think about whether this old house was going to collapse,” wrote a Shenzhen-based Weibo user.

In Chaozhou, in eastern Guangdong province, netizens uploaded videos of swinging chandlers and a student evacuation held at an unnamed elementary school in the region.   

Luckily, no damage has been reported as a result of the earthquake. 

Did you feel this morning’s quake? Let us know the comment section below!

[Cover image via United States Geological Survey]

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