Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks eastern Taiwan: CWB

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Taipei, May 2 (CNA) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan at 7:47 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the earthquake was at sea about 62 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 10 km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.

The strongest tremor, which posted an intensity of 3, was felt in Yilan’s Nanao Township, according to the center.

The earthquake could be felt in most parts of the country, with an intensity of 2 temblor felt in some areas in Taipei, New Taipei, Yilan, Hualien, Nantou, Taitung and Yunlin. No immediate casualty or damage was reported.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Hualien in eastern Taiwan on Feb. 6, leaving 17 people dead.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)