Quake rattles Taiwan, no reports of damage
Mon, Feb 22, 2010

TAIPEI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled north Taiwan on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 1:21 p.m. (0521 GMT) was about 160 km (100 miles) east of Suao on the northeast coast, at a depth of 28 km (17 miles), the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst-recorded quakes occurred in September 1999. Measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, it killed more than
2,400 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings.






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