Two moderate earthquakes jolt Taiwan

31 January 2004 | 07:46 Code : 3547 Geoscience events
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seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties...
Two moderate earthquakes jolt Taiwan Two moderate earthquakes jolted eastern and north-eastern Taiwan on Friday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The first earthquake, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, hit at 8:20 pm (local time) with an epicentre 11.9 kilometres south-east of Yuli in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, originating 40 kilometres underground, according to the Seismology Centre. A second one with a magnitude of 5.0 followed at 8:43 pm, with an epicentre 17.4 kilometres east of Nanao in north-eastern Ilan County, 61 kilometres below sea level. Taiwan, lying near the junction of two tectonic plates, is prone to earthquakes. A powerful quake with a magnitude of 6.6 shook Taiwan on December 10 last year but caused only minor injuries and damage in some southern cities. The island suffered its worst quake in a century on September 21, 1999, when one measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck central Taiwan leaving 2,400 people dead.

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