Strong quake hits Taiwan

2013-06-02 14:16
Earthquake.

Earthquake. (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Taipei - A strong earthquake hit Taiwan on Sunday, killing one person and violently shaking buildings in the capital Taipei, officials said.

The quake sent people running into the streets and was also felt in Hong Kong, more than 700km away.

Taiwan's Seismology Centre measured the quake as 6.3 magnitude while the US Geological Survey put it at 6.2.

The tremor hit at 13:43 centred 32km east of the central county of Nantou at a depth of 10km, followed by a series of aftershocks, the seismology centre said.

The National Fire Agency said a mountain climber was killed after he was hit by falling rocks on Mount Ali in central Taiwan while two other people were severely injured.

Sixteen slight injuries were also reported, it said.

TV footage showed landslides, stirring clouds of yellow dust, on other mountains in the area.

The agency told AFP that four helicopters had been sent to scout the epicentre area as authorities awaited any further damage information.

Six high-speed trains were halted but services resumed after no damage was found to the line.

Operations at the three nuclear power plants on the island were not affected, according to state-owned Taiwan Power Co.

"This is the biggest earthquake to hit this year. As the origin of the quake was shallow and it happened in the centre of the island, its velocity could be felt islandwide," Lu Pei-ling, deputy chief of the seismology centre, told reporters.

Read more on:    taiwan  |  earthquakes

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.