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Strong earthquake shakes Taiwan - No damage has been reported so far

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A strong earthquake of 6,5 degrees was recorded today in northeastern Taiwan, according to the meteorological service of the island, but so far there are no reports of damage.

The quake had a focal depth of 66,8 kilometers and was felt in the northern, eastern and western parts of the island, with its epicenter located in Yilan County, according to the Taiwan Meteorological Service. The vibration occurred at 13.11 local time (08.11 Greek time).

Reuters reported earlier that the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 6,2 degrees and the focal depth at 40 km

The metro network in Taipei was temporarily shut down for inspections, but its operation was restored a little later. The state-owned power grid company said there were no problems.

Taiwan is close to where two tectonic plates meet and earthquakes are common there. More than 100 people were killed in an earthquake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7,3 magnitude earthquake in 1999 killed more than 2.000 people.

Source: RES-EAP

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