Magnitude 6.1 quake hits east Taiwan - weather bureau

18 Avril, 2019, 10:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Hualien Taiwan

An quake of magnitude 6.1 struck Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, the weather bureau said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The epicenter of the temblor was about 10.6 kilometers northwest of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 18.8 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The quake shook buildings in the capital, Taipei, which is about 115 kilometers (71 miles) away.

One multi-storey building was reported to be leaning against its neighbour, the city's subway system suspended service, and schools along the east coast were evacuated.

An official at the Hualien county fire department told AFP that two people, including a male Malaysian tourist, were injured by falling rocks and that the department was planning to send in medics by helicopter.

"It was really scary", Lin, 50, said.

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One witness said: "There was one big shake that got us moving, I was only on the 2nd floor, can't imagine higher". While no major problems were found, cracked road surfaces on the east coast could become a problem if rain were to fall in coming hours, Su said.

People in Chinese cities close to the Taiwan Strait dividing the island from mainland China reported on social media that they felt the quake.

Panicked residents rushed onto the street in a number of cities and footage shown on local TV showed damage to buildings, but there were no reports of fatalities.

More recently, a quake in February 2018 in Hualien killed 17 people when four buildings partially collapsed.

A huge quake with a magnitude of 7.6 struck central Taiwan in September 1999, killing at least 2,297 people and injuring almost 9,000 others.

Hualien was hit by a magnitude 6.4 natural disaster previous year that killed 17 people.

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