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Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013
A strong earthquake rattles eastern Taiwan today, trembling buildings over a wide area including the capital. However, there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. It was centered in a remote mountainous area 28 miles south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualian at a depth of just 5.8 miles.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.6 and struck in the evening. In Taipei, the capital, buildings swayed for more than 10 seconds and shocked residents ducked for cover.
According to Local TV channels, there appeared to be almost no damage in Hualian. However, it could take some time for the full impact of the quake to be evaluated because of the remoteness of the epicenter.