Quake measuring 6.1 on Richter scale strikes Taiwan

Howard TerryFeb 05, 2018

A magnitude 5.1 quake struck eastern Taiwan at 9:21 p.m. Sunday, with the scenic Tailuge area registering an intensity of 5, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

No immediate injuries or damages were immediately reported. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the tremor happened at 21:56 Taiwan time, at a depth of 7.8 kilometres.

Several smaller earthquakes preceded Sunday's main quake.

Dozens of people reported feeling the shaking; most described it as "weak" or "light".

Taiwan's high-speed rail system and local railways are said to be operating normally.

The 6.1-magnitude quake was one of five that struck at a shallow depth in the same area off Taiwan's eastern coast within two hours of each other on Sunday. Nearly all of the deaths were caused by a collapsed residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District, except two others, who were killed in Guiren District.

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