An earthquake measuring 6.1 in magnitude struck Taipei Taiwan yesterday.
The earthquake took the life of one and disrupted operations for electronic factories in central Taiwan.
The Central Weather Bureau announced that the 6.1-magnitude quake struck at 10:03 a.m. local time and was centered in Nantou County, at a depth of 15.4 kilometers. Aftershocks as strong as 4.3 in magnitude rattled the area for the next 2½ hours. The initial tremors shook buildings in the capital, Taipei, 120 kilometers to the north.
A wall that collapsed killed a 72-year-old woman at a temple in Nantou County, the National Fire Agency said, adding that 19 other people across central Taiwan were injured, mostly by falling objects. Among the injured was a person struck by a section of ceiling at a government office in Nantou County, the fire agency said.
Some of the notable companies in that region are:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer & Innolux Corp who had reported that the earthquake had minimum to no impact to production.
AU Optronics Corp. on the other hand announced that some facilities in central Taiwan remains suspended.
Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is frequently hit by earthquakes. The last major quake—a magnitude 7.6 temblor that killed more than 2,000 people—struck in 1999 and was also centered in Nantou County.
To find out more about the Richter Scale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale