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Taiwan earthquake scholar: real scale may reach 7.4

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Hualien at 7:58 a.m. todayEarthquake, scholars said that if calculated using the seismic wave amplitude, the actual scale could reach 7.4. The reason why people in Taipei also feel “very shaken” is because after the earthquake’s energy enters the basin, it will oscillate internally, making the earthquake last longer than in other areas.

Rao Ruijun, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at National Cheng Kung University, said this earthquake is the closest to Taiwan and the largest since 921. The Meteorological Administration reported that the earthquake’s intensity was 7.2. In fact, there are many algorithms for earthquake scaling, such as considering the fault slip zone. If calculated using seismic wave amplitude, the scale could reach approximately 7.4, and the results of the calculations would be different.

Rao Ruijun said that because of the direction of movement of the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Plate, this earthquake is directional. The earthquake would be strongest in a direction about 30 or 40 degrees north of Hualien, which was hardest hit. West, and relatively to the west and south. The intensity of the earthquake is low. Many people in Taipei, which is more than 100 kilometers away from the epicenter, also felt that the earthquake was very powerful. Rao Ruijun pointed out that Taipei belongs to a basin area. After the earthquake’s energy enters the basin, it will oscillate within, and the period will be longer than that of other landmasses.

Rao Ruijun analyzed that once a major earthquake occurs, nearby faults will be ready to move. The larger the earthquake, the longer the aftershocks will last, but the number of aftershocks will decrease. As for the possibility of major shocks, he acknowledged that it is “hard to say” due to the complex geological structures and conditions.

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