Earthquake causes blackout, falling rocks, rail suspension in Taiwan

Thousands of households suffered from power outages, falling rocks were spotted on a provincial highway and rail services were suspended temporarily in the wake of a magnitude 6 earthquake that hit northeastern Taiwan Thursday morning. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Thousands of households suffered from power outages, falling rocks were spotted on a provincial highway and rail services were suspended temporarily in the wake of a magnitude 6 earthquake that hit northeastern Taiwan Thursday morning.

The earthquake, which had its epicenter at sea, about 36.5 kilometers southeast of Yilan County Hall, caused a blackout that affected 10,675 households in areas including Taipei, New Taipei and Yilan, Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said.

Most of the affected households had seen power supply resumed as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Taipower said.

The fallen rocks on the Dong’ao (東澳) section of Provincial Highway No. 9 had been cleared as of 7:20 a.m., the Directorate General of Highways said.

Meanwhile, rail services were suspended between Yilan and Nan’ao (南澳) and speed limits were lowered to 60 kph on railways in Yilan, New Taipei and Taoyuan, according to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

Rail services were back to normal after 8:30 a.m., the TRA added.

In addition, five south-bound trains operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. were delayed, affecting 2,500 passengers.

By Sunrise Huang and Chi Jo-yao