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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