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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocks central Taiwan

2017/11/22 23:32:04

Image taken from Central Weather Bureau website

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake with six aftershocks jolted central Taiwan at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The quake's epicenter was located at about 46.5 kilometers east-northeast of Chiayi County government hall, at a depth of 18.5 km, according to CWB data.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Chiayi County's Alishan Township and Chiayi City where it measured 5 on Taiwan's 7-tiered intensity scale.

The earthquake also measured an intensity of 5 in Kukeng Township of neighboring Yunlin County, and 4 in Douliu, Yunlin, bureau data showed.

Three high speed trains were affected, but resumed operations after a short stop.

There were no reports of injuries as of press time.

(By William Yen)