26 Feb '12, 3am

Powerful quake rocks Taiwan - Channel News Asia

Powerful quake rocks Taiwan - Channel News Asia

TAIPEI: A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake sent people fleeing onto the streets in Taiwan's second-largest city Kaohsiung on Sunday and rail services were temporarily suspended, but no casualties were reported. The quake struck 57 kilometres (35 miles) east of the southern city at 10:34 am (0234 GMT) at a depth of just four kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. The Hong Kong Observatory measured the quake at magnitude 6.0, while Taiwan's Seismology Centre put the magnitude at 6.1. The National Fire Agency said there were no casualties or major material damage. "A few Kaohsiung residents sought safety in the streets for a short while, but it wasn't many," a Kaohsiung police officer told AFP. Chen Jung-yu, a spokesman for the Seismology Centre, said it was relatively rare for an earthquake of such magnitude to hit in the Kaohsiung area. "While the quake was strong, it d...

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