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Moderate earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

Moderate earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) A magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolted the Chiayi area in southern Taiwan early Monday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The earthquake hit at 0:03 a.m., centered 49.1 kilometers east of Chiayi City Hall at a depth of 5.7 km, the CWB's Seismology Center said. The epicenter of the shallow earthquake was close to the mountainous Taoyuan area of neighboring Kaohsiung City, the center said. Although the quake caused strong tremors and woke up many Chiayi residents, no damage or casualties were reported, according to firefighting agencies in Chiayi City and County. Three aftershocks were recorded at 0:17 a.m., 0.21 a.m. and 0:26 a.m., respectively, with magnitudes of between 3.2 and 4.4, the Seismology Center said. Taiwan sits in an earthquake-prone area. More than 30 earthquakes rocked the island in June alone. The strongest one, measuring 6.5, occurred June 10. (By Chiang Chun-liang and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-11 12:19 GMT+08:00