Taiwan earthquake: 5.5 tremor hits off Hualien County, felt in Taipei City


PUBLISHED Thu, November 24, 2016 - 5:08pm EST
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A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 has struck just off the coast of northeast Taiwan, with shaking felt as far away as Taipei City, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)





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The earthquake, which happened at 5:55 a.m. local time on Friday, was centered about 70 kilometers east of Hualien County. It struck at a depth of about 19 kilometers, making it a very shallow earthquake.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau put the preliminary magnitude of Friday's earthquake at 5.5. It said light to moderate shaking was felt in parts of island's north, including Yilan County, Taipei City, and Hualien County.

There were no immediate reports of damage and there is no threat of a tsunami.

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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