Moderate earthquake shakes Yilan

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) A magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook northeastern Taiwan early Wednesday morning, with the tremor felt in a small area limited to Yilan and Hualien counties, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The earthquake, which struck at 2:59 a.m., was centered 39.4 kilometers south of the Yilan County government offices at a depth of 9.3 km, according to the bureau's earthquake data.

An intensity reading of 3 was recorded in Nan'ao in Yilan County and an intensity of 2 in Heping Township in Hualien County. There was no report of damage or injuries.

An earthquake's intensity measures how much it shakes the ground in a particular area, and is measured on a 0-7 scale in Taiwan.

As for the weather Wednesday, the weather bureau said it will be sunny in most parts of Taiwan, with sporadic showers expected in Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan.

The highs will be at 22 to 24 degrees Celsius in northern and northeastern Taiwan and 25 to 26 degrees in the south, the bureau forecast.

It also reminded people to remain aware of big temperature changes between day and night.

Also, there will be big waves on Taiwan's northern coast in Keelung, along eastern Taiwan, and on the coastlines of the outlying Green and Orchid islands, the bureau said. (By Elizabeth Hsu)