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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Strong 6.1-mag earthquake hits southern Taiwan


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TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (BNO NEWS) -- A strong earthquake struck southern Taiwan on late Sunday morning, with shaking felt as far away as Taipei City in the north, seismologists and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 10:35 a.m. local time (02:35 GMT) was centered about 1.6 kilometer (1 mile) east of Wutai, a rural township in Pingtung County. It struck about 20.4 kilometers (12.6 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the country's Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.9 on the regional moment magnitude (Mw) scale, estimated that some 214,000 people near the epicenter may have felt 'very strong' shaking. It said 6.3 million others may have felt moderate to strong shaking.
Sunday's earthquake struck about 32.4 kilometers (20.1 miles) southeast of Kaohsiung, the island's second-largest city with a population of about 2.9 million. Shaking could be felt as far away as Taipei City, the country's capital in the north, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
Source: WireUpdate  




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