TAIPEI, Taiwan An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted northern Taiwan Thursday morning (June 14), swaying high-rises in the capital, Taipei. The quake was the second in 24 hours, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
There were also no immediate reports of problems from the Hsinchu Science Park, officials there said. A spokesman for UMC said, "As far as we know, there is no damage. We are operating normally at this point." Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said it had received no reports of damage and that the quakes had no impact on its production.
On Wednesday evening, a slightly higher 6.3 tremor rumbled through the capital but ironically felt less severe than the latest earthquake. Both were centered off the east coast, about 40 miles outside Taipei.
Wednesday's earthquake measured 4.0 by the time it hit Taiwan's coast and about 3.0 in Taipei, according to the Central News Agency. A 4.0 quake is capable of causing minor damage. The Hsinchu Science Park is west of Taipei, so the magnitude would be even less severe. There were no reports of damage during either quake at the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan.
These last two quakes underscore the fact that Taiwan lies on a seismically active portion of the Pacific Basin. In September 1999, a massive quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit central Taiwan, killing 2,400 people and destroying tens of thousands of buildings. The island's semiconductor industry was also temporarily crippled.