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6.4 Earthquake Hits Southern Taiwan བོད་སྐད།


A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has hit southwestern Taiwan's Kaohsiung area, causing tremors that were felt as far north as Taipei, some 250 kilometers away near the island's northern tip.

The quake occurred at 8:20 a.m. local time, at a depth of about 35 kilometers. State media said a 4.8 magnitude aftershock followed a few minutes later. At least five additional aftershocks have occurred.

The epicenter of the quake was in Jiahsian township in Kaohsiung county, which is still recovering from a massive typhoon that struck last August.

So far, there are no reports of deaths but officials say at least 11 people have been injured.

News reports say the quake set off a fire at a textile factory, caused power outages and disruptions in rail travel.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Some of the information in this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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