5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northeast Taiwan

Taipei, May 12 (RHC)-- An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale has hit northeast Taiwan, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports, with tremors felt in the country's capital, Taipei.

According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers just northeast of the coastal town of Suao, located 60 kilometers from the capital.  No reports of possible damage or casualties have been received yet.

In February, a 6.4 magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan, bringing down a large apartment complex, which resulted in the death of more than 100 people.

Taiwan lies in a seismically active area and is therefore prone to earthquakes, which mostly cause little or no damage. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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