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Strong quake hits eastern Taiwan: USGS

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Map of Taiwan showing a 6.0 on the Richter scale earthquake that struck on June 20.

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit eastern Taiwan, 38 kilometers south of the city of Hualien, on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake had an estimated depth of 10 kilometers, according to USGS, and struck at 09:05 local time (0105 GMT).

A clip of a tranquil scene by the lake that suddenly began to vibrate violently as the ground moved was posted to Facebook by a national park in Hualien.

“This is a really big earthquake!… Hope everyone stays safe!” the caption read, adding that the clip was taken from one of the CCTV footage in the park.

An AFP reporter in Taipei felt shaking and local media said the earthquake was felt all over the island.

According to one passenger, the Taipei subway briefly stopped when it struck, before continuing for several stops at a reduced speed.

A second smaller quake struck about half an hour later, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

“In this area (where the earthquake struck today) there have been only two earthquakes above 6.0 on the Richter scale and one near 6.0 on the Richter scale since 1990,” said Chen Kuo-chang, head of from the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau’s Seismological Center, at a press conference.

“The shallowest was today’s and we think it’s related to fault activity,” he added.

He said the weather bureau could not rule out more aftershocks greater than 5.0 on the scale in the next two days.

Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes, as the island is near the intersection of two tectonic plates.

The island does not issue tsunami warnings unless an earthquake is more than 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Some earthquakes of 6.0 or more can be deadly, although a lot depends on where the earthquake hits and at what depth.

But the USGS gave a “green” rank to the threat of the latest earthquake, predicting a low chance of casualties or damage.

Chen said most earthquakes of magnitude greater than 6.0 were recorded in 1999, when there were 13.

That year, Taiwan was devastated by the deadliest earthquake on record – a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in September that killed more than 2,400 people.

Offshore earthquake shakes Taiwan; no danger of tsunami

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