Northeast of Taiwan hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

14:45, 24 October 2021
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No damage or casualties have been reported.

An earthquake of a 6.5 magnitude out of 12 on the Richter magnitude scale struck northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s meteorological center announced.

The epicenter was recorded at around 1 p.m. at the depth of 67 km (42 miles) near Yilan county situated some 40 km (25 miles) from the island’s capital Taipei. The trembling lasted for about 30 seconds.

The first hit was followed by another one with a magnitude of 5.4. Taipei’s authorities have closed the capital’s underground and suspended other services but quickly reopened them.

The world’s largest contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd has announced that it had to evacuate some employees from the building.

Quakes occur frequently in Taiwan due to its position near the junction of two tectonic plates. In 2018 another 6.4 magnitude temblor struck the island and took the lives of 17 people and injured around 300 others. In 1999 Taiwan experienced the deadliest natural disaster in its history after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed about 2,400 citizens.