Monday, July 26, 2010

5.6-magnitude quake hits Taiwan

Posted: 25 July 2010 1222 hrs

TAIPEI - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan Sunday, swaying buildings in the capital Taipei, the island's Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 0352 GMT about 31 kilometres northeast of Pingtung county at a depth of 20 kilometres.

Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes as the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates.

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

- AFP/ir

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