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Earthquake measuring 6.1 on Richter scale strikes Taiwan

By Vikas

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale struck off the coast of Hualien, Taiwan on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of damage, said reports. Several aftershocks were felt minutes after the main quake.

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The epicentre of the earthquake was located 27.8 kilometers northeast of Hualien at a shallow depth of 16 kilometres. 

Taiwan is located on Pacific Ring of Fire, supposed to be one of the most seismically active zones in the world.

The USGS later reported another quake in the same area, measuring 5.3.

Taiwan's high-speed rail system and local railways are said to be operating normally.

On February 6, 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck 28 km northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan. The earthquake had a maximum intensity of 7 (Very strong) on the Mercalli intensity scale, causing widespread damage and 117 deaths. Almost all of the deaths were caused by a collapsed residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District, except two others, who were killed in Guiren District. Sixty-eight aftershocks were then occurred. The earthquake was the deadliest earthquake in Taiwan since the 921 earthquakes in 1999.

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