5.9-magnitude quake rocks Taiwan

5.9-magnitude quake rocks Taiwan

TAIPEI - A moderate 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan early Saturday morning, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 4.06am (4.06pm Singapore time) about 25 kilometres east of Taitung City in the island's southeast, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicentre of the quake, which hit at a depth of 25 km, was located about 110 km east of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city and a major port hub, USGS said.

The island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates that is regularly hit by earthquakes.

A strong 6.3-magnitude quake which hit central Taiwan in June last year killed four people and caused landslides.

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck the island in September 1999 and killed around 2,400 people.

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