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Magnitude 4.9 earthquake jolts northern Taiwan (update)

2012/06/13 18:08:31

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck northern Taiwan at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, but no casualties were immediately reported.

The earthquake's epicenter was located 27 kilometers south of Taoyuan County Hall at a depth of 6.7 km, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 4, was felt in Jhubei City in Hsinchu County.

A smaller earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 struck in the same area shortly after.

A total of 32 earthquakes have rocked Taiwan so far in June. The largest earthquake this year, measuring 6.5, hit Taiwan on June 10.

The bureau said the earthquake Wednesday represented a normal release of energy. Taiwan's location in the Pacific basin makes it especially prone to earthquakes.

Meanwhile, Tu Chi-hsiang, deputy director-general of the Hsinchu Science Park Administration in Hsinchu City, told CNA that companies in the complex were still carrying out checks and had not yet reported any damage.

The earthquake was felt at an intensity of 3 in Hsinchu City, which normally would not trigger the automatic shut-down systems because it requires an intensity of more than 5 to do that, Tu said.

(By Christie Chen and Jeffrey Wu)
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