Quake shakes Taiwan

  • AseanPlus News
  • Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003

TAIPEI: An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rattled Taiwan yesterday – the second strong tremor to hit the island in two days – but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials said. 

The epicentre of the quake was about 36km east of Hualien on the eastern coast, at a depth of 28km, the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement. 

“The fact that we have had two earthquakes of six degrees in two days is purely a coincidence,” Kuo Kai-wen, director of the bureau's seismology centre, told reporters. 

“Every year, Taiwan on average gets two to three earthquakes of six degrees or above, so there is not a high chance of us getting another six-degree quake this year.” 

A 6.3 quake shook northeastern Taiwan on Monday, forcing the Taipei subway system to briefly shut, but it did not cause major damage. – Reuters  

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