Earthquakes in Taiwan are linked to seasonal changes in water levels

A building damaged by an earthquake in eastern Taiwan in 2018

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Earthquakes in Taiwan may be linked to seasonal variations in the water cycle, driven by the Asian monsoon.

Taiwan has both a high frequency of damaging earthquakes and a wide variation in the amount of precipitation and water stored in the ground, as a result of the heavy rains and typhoons that buffet the island between May and September.

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Ya-Ju Hsu at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and her colleagues…



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