May 16, 2017

Green earthquake alert (5.4M,depth:10km) in China at 5/15/2017 11:12:52 PM

Green Earthquake in China


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 5.4M, Depth:10km
  • 15 May 2017 23:12:52 UTC
  • 748024 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 5.4 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): 23.2564, 121.4515
  • Time (UTC): 15 May 2017 23:12:52
  • Time (ECT): 16 May 2017 01:12:52

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened off shore, near China, Province of Taiwan (population 22,456,987). The distance to the nearest coast is 4km. The nearest places are Wu-shih Pi (7km), Chia-tsou-wan Pi (8km), San Hsien Tai (13km), Chang-y√ľan (18km), Cheng-kung (18km), and 43 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Taitung (runway 11000ft, 58km), Green Island (runway 3300ft, 64km), Feng Nin (runway 7900ft, 66km), Hualien (runway 9000ft, 87km), and Sun Moon Lake (89km). The nearest ports are Tai Tung (69km), and Hualien (83km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 300000 people 17
50 km 130000 people 17
20 km 35000 people 28
10 km 5600 people 18



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