Taiwan earthquake: Strong 6.0 tremor strikes off Taitung City


PUBLISHED Thu, October 06, 2016 - 12:11pm EDT


A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has struck just off the coast of southeastern Taiwan, seismologists say. There was no immediate word on damage but no tsunami warning has been issued. (more)





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The earthquake, which struck at 11:52 p.m. local time on Thursday, was centered near Green Island, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Taitung City. It struck at a shallow depth of about 20 kilometers, according to a preliminary report.

The Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan put the preliminary magnitude of Thursday's earthquake at 6.0. It said moderate to strong shaking had been felt in Taitung County, while other regions across the southeast experienced light to moderate tremors.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 5.7.

Located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Taiwan is at times rattled by moderate to strong earthquakes. A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Taiwan in September 1999, killing at least 2,297 people and injuring nearly 9,000 others.

More recently, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Taiwan on February 6, killing 117 people and injuring more than 500 others.

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