Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes eastern Taiwan (update)
Central News Agency
2014-03-19 10:26 PM
Taipei, March 19 (CNA) A magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. No immediate damage was reported. The earthquake's epicenter was located at sea about 66.8 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 16 km, bureau officials said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 3, was recorded in Yilan and Hualien counties, while an intensity of 2 was felt in Taipei. The quake represented a normal release of energy, the bureau said, adding that the tremor was not related to the magnitude-5.3 earthquake that struck in roughly the same area two days ago. Wednesday's quake is the second-largest temblor Taiwan has recorded so far this year, according to bureau data. A magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck off Taiwan's northeast coast on Jan. 7, with the epicenter located at sea about 148 kilometers east of Keelung City Hall. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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