Strong earthquake sways buildings in Taiwan

A strong earthquake struck a rural township in central Taiwan on Wednesday, swaying buildings, sending school children to seek cover and injuring at least one office worker, officials said.

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Published: Wed 27 Mar 2013, 11:07 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:12 PM

The Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake was felt throughout the island. The quake, which hit at a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles), swayed buildings in the capital of Taipei, and officials said sections of the high-speed rail were temporarily suspended from service for damage inspection.

Near the epicentre in Nantou County, a section of a ceiling fell from a government office, injuring one worker, officials said.

Nantou government official Chen Min-hui said tiles fell from a few school buildings and minor cracks appeared on walls, but all structures remained intact.

Nantou is a rural county about 250 kilometers (about 155 miles) south of Taipei. It is near the epicentre of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that killed more than 2,300 people in 1999.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.



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