Strong quake hits Taiwan

2013-06-02 14:16

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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.

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