Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan

04/20/2015 07:50 PM
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(From the Central Weather Bureau website)
(From the Central Weather Bureau website)

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 7:20 p.m. Monday, following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the same region earlier in the day, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The earthquake's epicenter was located at sea about 42.4 kilometers south of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 32.6 km, bureau officials said.

The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 4, was felt in coastal Hulien's Jichi Township.

Several regions in central and eastern Taiwan experienced the temblor at an intensity of 3, while Taipei and New Taipei recorded an intensity of 1.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 9:42 a.m. that same morning, leaving one person dead in an apartment fire caused by an explosion at an electricity transformer.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/J

Update:Magnitude 5.8 strikes Taiwan (7:45 p.m.)Magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan (8 p.m.)[From the Central Weather Bureau website]

Monday morning:●No major damage reported after magnitude 6.3 quakeTaiwan records biggest earthquake for the year: CWB

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