6.1 Taiwan Quake Sways Buildings

March 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

6.1 Taiwan quake: A powerful quake hit a rural area in Taiwan early on Wednesday, injuring at least one person.

 

TAIPEI, 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.

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

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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 epicenter 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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