6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Taiwan


TAIPEI–A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted offshore northern Taiwan just before noon Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to buildings.

The temblor was felt in most areas in northern, central and northeastern Taiwan, but its extreme depth limited the extent to which it was felt on the ground, Central Weather Bureau seismologists said.

The quake, which occurred at 11:23 a.m., was centered 141.4 kilometers east of Keelung City Hall at a depth of 221.4 km, according to the weather bureau.

The earthquake had an intensity of 2 in Yilan, Hualien, Taoyuan County, Deji District in Taichung and Nantou County, and 1 in Taipei, Hsinchu, Miaoli County, the rest of Taichung, and Taitung County, the CWB said.