Quake of magnitude 6.1 hits east Taiwan

Quake of magnitude 6.1 hits east Taiwan

Quake of magnitude 6.1 hits east Taiwan

It centred about 6.2 miles northwest of Hualien City.

The quake shook structures in the capital, Taipei, which is about 115 kilometers (71 miles) away, with one multi-story building leaning against its neighbor after its foundation shifted. Witnesses reported shaking buildings, but there is no official information on damage or casualties.

Subway services in the city were temporarily suspended due to the quake, officials said.

Two tourists, a man and a woman, were hit by falling rocks in Taroko Gorge National Park in eastern Taiwan when the quake struck, local media reports.

People were pictured leaving buildings and standing in the streets. "It could be felt all over Taiwan and it's the first quake above 6.0 magnitude this year", said Chen Kuo-chang, director of the bureau's seismological centre.

The United States Geological Survey also put the magnitude of the quake at 6.1, adding that it struck at a depth of 15 km from Hualien.

"I felt very scared".

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At the leaning building in downtown Taipei, area resident Ayumi Lin said the force of the temblor was felt strongly.

Another added: "Some stuff fell to the ground".

"It must have been a really shallow quake".

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes as it sits on the notorious Ring of Fire, a large 24,854.8 miles (40,000km) horseshoe shape where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place.

And another one killed more than 100 people n the southern part of the island in 2016.

Hualien was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake past year that killed 17 people.

That quake hit two years to the day after an apartment building in the south-western city of Tainan collapsed in an natural disaster, killing 115 people.

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