Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan, felt around country

02/15/2020 07:20 PM
Photo taken from the Central Weather Bureau website
Photo taken from the Central Weather Bureau website

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Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan at 7 p.m. Saturday and was felt around the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was centered about 19.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall and struck at a depth of 10.5 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

The intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a quake, was highest in Hualien County, measuring 4 on Taiwan's 10-tier intensity scale, the CWB said.

The quake was also felt in Taichung and Taoyuan cities and Nantou, Yilan, Changhua, Yunlin and Miaoli counties at an intensity of 3, as well as in Taipei, New Taipei, Tainan, Chiayi, Hsinchu cities and Hsinchu, Chiayi and Taitung counties, at an intensity of 2, according to the CWB.

(By Christie Chen)

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