Moderate 5.5 quake strikes off Taiwan

Last Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 18:02

Taipei: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck
off Taiwan on Sunday shaking buildings in the capital,
seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage and a
tsunami warning was not issued.
The undersea quake hit at 16:00 local time (0800 GMT)
about 44 kilometres southeast of Taitung city in the
southeast, at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kms, the US
Geological Survey said.



Taiwan`s Seismology Centre measured the quake at
5.9-magnitude.



Buildings in the Taipei swayed and the quake was felt
across the island but the National Fire Agency said there were
no casualties or damage.
Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes as the island lies
near the junction of two tectonic plates.



In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude tremor killed around
2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island`s
recent history.



PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 18:02

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