Friday, October 1, 2010

Moderate quake jolts Taiwan

Posted: 01 October 2010 0939 hrs

TAIPEI: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Taiwan Friday, the island's Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at 3:56 am (2156 GMT Thursday) 11 kilometres (seven miles) north of the city of Ilan at a depth of 102 kilometres.

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

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


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