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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes offshore Taiwan

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes offshore Taiwan

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit just off the coast of Taiwan, said the U.S. Geological Survey early Tuesday.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the quake struck at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday (1805 GMT Monday). It was centered about 36 miles (57 kilometers) off the eastern city of Hualien, some 85 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of the capital.

The temblor rattled windows and shook buildings in Taipei more than 100 kilometers away.

No major damage or injuries were reported as of 2:50 a.m. by the fire department in the eastern county of Yilan, close to the epicenter, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said. Taiwan’s weather service warned sea levels in coastal areas may change suddenly after the quake.

A temblor measuring magnitude-4.0 struck Yilan at 2:02 a.m., followed by the 6.3 shock off the east coast at 2:05 a.m., and aftershocks of 3.9 and 5.1 magnitude in the same area, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau reported on its Web site.

The biggest of the three struck at a depth of about 25 kilometers (15 miles), about 135 kilometers south-southeast of Taipei, the U.S. Geologic Survey said on its Web site.

Taiwan is regularly struck by earthquakes. The most deadly in recent years, a 7.6-magnitude quake in September 1999, killed about 2,400 people and caused at least $9 billion in damage.

Updated : 2021-10-19 19:39 GMT+08:00