CM – Double earthquakes shake eastern Taiwan


Taiwan was struck by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that had no immediate damage reported on Sunday, according to the island’s weather bureau.

The first quake to be Building in the capital Taipei, had a depth of 15 km with its epicenter in Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast.

The second quake, shortly after the first, had a depth of 14 km, also with its epicenter in Hualien, It said.

The Ministry of Transportation said operations on the island’s high-speed line, which runs along Taiwan’s west coast, will not be affected.

Taiwan is located near the intersection of two tectonic plates in the South China Sea and is prone to earthquakes.

A quake in southern Taiwan killed more than 100 people in 2016, while a magnitude 7.3 quake in 1999 killed more than 2,000 people.


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