Magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks southeast Taiwan

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Taitung County

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Taitung County. (Photo from Central Weather Bureau, www.cwb.gov.tw)

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Taitung County. (Photo from Central Weather Bureau, www.cwb.gov.tw)

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of southeast Taiwan at 9:57 a.m. on Sunday, which was centered about 17.7 kilometers northeast of Taitung County. It struck at a depth of 96 kilometers, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data.

Light to moderate shaking was felt in parts of the island.

An intensity level of 4 was felt in Orchid Island, an intensity level of 3 was registered in Central Tainan City and neighboring Pingtung County, according to CWB data.

An intensity level of 2 was felt in much of southern and central Taiwan from as far south as Kaohsiung and as far north as Chiayi and Taichung in western Taiwan.

No injuries were reported at the time of publication.

Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt in a specific location.