Quake causes severe damage to schools in central Taiwan

06/03/2013 02:13 PM
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Taipei, June 3 (CNA) A magnitude-6.3 earthquake that struck Taiwan Sunday has caused an estimated NT$10.31 million (US$344,058)-worth of damage to schools in central Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Education.

An initial survey showed that the temblor resulted in damage to buildings and facilities at 90 schools in central Taiwan -- mostly in Taichung and Nantou County -- the ministry said Monday.

Lugu Junior High School was closed Monday due to earthquake damage, the ministry said.

The temblor also left three people injured on two school campuses in Nantou County, the ministry added.

The earthquake, which hit at 1:43 p.m. Sunday, was centered 30 km east of Nantou County Hall in central Taiwan at a depth of 10 km, according to the Seismology Center under Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.

It was the strongest earthquake to jolt Taiwan so far this year, the center said Sunday, adding that the quake's epicenter was located in Nantou's Renai township.

The temblor was felt in most parts of Taiwan, with Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Alishan in Chiayi County, Tainan and Dadu in Taichung recording an intensity of 5, the Seismology Center said.

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

The earthquake's death toll had risen to three as of Monday morning, according to the Central Emergency Operations Center.

The temblor also left one person missing, three seriously injured and 17 slightly injured, the center said.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Sofia Wu)ENDITEM/J

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