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Magnitude-6.6 earthquake hits Taiwan (Update-1)

2010/04/26 13:28:13

Taipei, April 26 (CNA) An earthquake measuring 6.6 on theopen-ended Richter scale struck Taiwan Monday, the Central WeatherBureau's Seismology Center reported later that day.

The earthquake hit at 10: 59 a.m., with the epicenter located atsea 190.4 km northeast of the Lanyu seismic observation station onthe outlying island of Lanyu, also known as Orchid Island, at a depthof 20 km, the center said.

The earthquake was felt throughout Taiwan, with buildings swayingin Taipei for up to 20 seconds, but there were no immediate reportsof casualties or damage.

Seismologists said the earthquake was caused by the convergenceof the Eurasian and Philippine Sea tectonic plates, and could beconsidered a normal release of energy.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan but most are minor and causelittle or no damage. However, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake in centralTaiwan on Sept. 21, 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Sofia Wu)