Magnitude-6.3 quake hits Hualien, felt across Taiwan

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County at around 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The quake, which rattled eastern Taiwan at 8:02 p.m., struck near Ruisui (瑞穗) in south Hualien. The epicenter was at a depth of 19.5 kilometers, the bureau’s Seismological Center said. The tremor was felt cross Taiwan’s main island. As of press time, there were no reports of injuries. According to media reports, the quake had caused some communication disruptions in Taipei and New Taipei.

A foam ceiling tile at the arrival hall of the Terminal 2 of the Taoyuan International Airport fell and the ceiling at a restaurant where Premier Jiang Yi-huah was meeting with the press was also damaged. No one was reported injured in these two incidents.