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One person killed, 19 injured in magnitude 6.3 quake

2013/06/02 17:13:58

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) One person was killed, two were critically injured and 17 others suffered less serious injuries in a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck central Taiwan at 1:43 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Fire Agency.

It is the most powerful earthquake to have hit Taiwan so far this year.

The agency said a male tourist in Alishan, Chiayi County, who was with a group of seven other people, was killed by falling rocks during the quake.

Also in Chiayi, a woman who was driving a private car was hit on the side of the head by falling rocks and lost consciousness, the fire agency said. She was taken to the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital in Dalin Township, the agency said.

Another serious injury occurred in the mountainous township of Jhushan in Nantou County, also as a result of falling rocks, according to the fire agency. The individual was lifted to safety at around 3 p.m. by a National Airborne Service Corps helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital, the agency said.

As of 3:45 p.m., 13 other injuries had been reported in Nantou alone, where the earthquake was centered. Another four cases were reported in Chiayi County's Dalin Township and Yunlin County's Dounan Township.

The earthquake was centered 30 kilometers east of Nantou County Hall at a depth of 10 km, the Central Weather Bureau said on its website.

The strongest intensity was in Tsaoling, Yunlin County, where it was recorded at 6, according to the bureau.

The temblor was felt in most parts of Taiwan, with Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Alishan, Tainan and Dadu in Taichung recording an intensity of 5, the bureau's website showed.

In most parts of northern Taiwan, the quake was felt at an intensity of 3, it said.

(By Liu Chien-pang, Huang Kuo-fang and Jamie Wang)