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5.6 quake rocks Taiwan
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-19 08:39 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan Wednesday evening, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The tremor struck at 9:19 p.m. and was clearly felt in the capital Taipei. The epicenter was situated under the Pacific 66.8 kilometers east of the Hualien County Government on Taiwan’s east coast, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Because the quake hit at a relatively limited depth of 16.2 km, it was felt clearly in many parts of the country. The highest intensity, level three, was recorded in Yenliao, Hualien County, and Nan’ao, Yilan County.

A 5.3-magnitude quake struck roughly the same area Monday at 9:12 p.m.

Taiwan is hit by an average three quakes of a magnitude of 6 or higher per year, according to seismologists.

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