Taiwan earthquake: A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan and rocked the capital city of Taipei.
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Taiwan on Monday evening, the Central Weather Bureau said, with shaking felt in the capital Taipei but no immediate reports of damage.
The weather bureau said, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of 19 km (12 miles). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude higher at 6.2.
Its epicenter was cast into the sea 56 km east of the coastal town of Hualien.
The weather service said no data on immediate damage had been received.
A reporter from the Taipei News Agencies said the building shook when a vibration occurred during the emergency at 5:46 p.m. (9:46 a.m. GMT). “The ground shook left and right, and the vibration continued for 20 seconds,” the reporter said.
Because Taiwan is close to where two tectonic plates meet, earthquakes occur regularly.
Some earthquakes of this magnitude can be fatal, but they vary widely depending on the location and depth of the earthquake.
In October, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck northeastern Iran with minimal damage, in part because it was 67 km deep.
Hualien, a popular tourist destination, was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 2018, killing 17 people and injuring nearly 300.