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Schools, offices closed in Hualien due to earthquake

2018/02/07 09:00:49

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Schools and offices in Hualien County will be closed on Wednesday after a strong earthquake struck the county late Tuesday night, leaving at least two people dead and 202 people injured.

The Hualien County government announced the school and office closures early Wednesday.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck eastern Hualien at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday following a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Sunday and dozens of aftershocks.

The epicenter of the earthquake was at sea about 18.3 kilometers north of Hualien County Hall at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The impact of the temblor was strengthened by its high intensity -- which measures the severity of shaking -- in certain areas.

An intensity level of 7 -- the highest level on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale -- was felt in Hualien City and Nan'ao Township in Yilan County.

The earthquake was also felt in Taipei, about 100 km away, at an intensity level of 3.

(By Christie Chen)
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