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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes northeastern Taiwan

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes northeastern Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted northeastern Taiwan early Monday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The earthquake hit at 03:09 a.m., centered off the notheastern Taiwan coast 80.6 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 105.6 km beneath the seabed, the CWB's Seismology Center said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 3, was felt in the county's Nanao Township and neighboring Hualien County's Heping Township. The quake was felt at an intensity of 2 in Taipei and several other areas. Taiwan sits in an earthquake-prone area. More than 30 earthquakes rocked the island in June 2012 alone, but none of them caused major damage. (By Wang Shu-fen and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-01 17:59 GMT+08:00