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6.2-Magnitude earthquake rocks Batanes at midnight, shaking felt in southern Taiwan

A powerful magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Basco, Batanes early Saturday morning, according to a report by PHIVOLCS.

The quake hit at 12:44 a.m. is tectonic in origin and has a depth of 174 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. Intensity IV is felt in Basco and Itbayat in Batanes.

Philvolcs said damage is not expected after the quake but warned Batanes residents may experience aftershocks.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau records it as 6.4 Magnitude and confirmed that the earthquake occurred at 00:44 and the epicenter is located at 270.8 kilometers southeast of Taitung County, with an intensity 3 felt at Taitung and Pingtung, intensity 2 at Kaohsiung and Tainan.


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