RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalCan Climate Change Affect Earthquakes

  • 09 January, 2022
Climate Crunch

On Monday afternoon Taiwan was hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. The epicentre of the earthquake was about 57 kilometres off the eastern coast of Hualien. On Taiwan’s 7 tier intensity scale, it reached a 4 in the north east of Taiwan, including in Taipei. At time of writing, there’s been no reports of damage or injuries and no aftershocks recorded, but it provided quite the surprise to many. 

According to Taiwan’s central weather bureau, there’s an average of 2,200 earthquakes per year, and approximately 214 of those can be felt. The question is, what affects these numbers and will climate change have any impact?