Taiwan Hit By Biggest Earthquake In 25 Years

April 3, 2024

I was awakened by the earthquake. I had never felt such intense shaking before.

Hsien-hsuen Keng, resident of an apartment complex in in Taipei, Taiwan, after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island early on Wednesday.

Why It Matters: The strongest earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years killed at least nine people and injured hundreds. It also damaged dozens of buildings, roads, and bridges. Earthquakes are commonplace in Taiwan but Wednesday’s earthquake ended up being much stronger than authorities expected and applicable alerts were not sent out ahead of time to help people prepare.

Read More: Strongest earthquake in 25 years rocks Taiwan, killing 9 people and trapping 70 miners (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas