Magnitude 5.6 earthquake shakes southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (CNA) – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southern Taiwan at 9:52 a.m. today, according to the Central Weather Bureau. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The earthquake was centered about 37.5 kilometers west-northwest of Taitung County’s government offices and 230 km southwest of Taipei and struck at a depth of 10 km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.

The earthquake’s highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in mountainous parts of Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County and Chiayi County, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale.

The quake also measured an intensity of 3 in parts of Tainan City, Yunlin County and Chiayi City in the south, Taitung County and Hualien County in the east, and Nantou County and Taichung City in central Taiwan, the bureau said.

An intensity of 2 was recorded in parts of northern Taiwan’s Taipei City, New Taipei City, Hsinchu County and Miaoli County, central Taiwan’s Changhua County, northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County and the offshore Penghu County, the bureau said.

By Christie Chen