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Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits north and northeastern Taiwan

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted northern and northeastern Taiwan at 9:19 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).


The epicenter of the quake was located at sea, about 27.2 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 76.8 km. It was felt throughout Taiwan including northern and northeastern areas as well as central parts of the country and offshore islands, the CWB said.


The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges its actual effect, was in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Taichung cities and Yilan, Hualien, Hsinchu, Nantou, Miaoli, Yunlin and Chiayi counties, where it measured 4 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale, the CWB said.


The temblor measured an intensity of 3 in Keelung, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Tainan cities and Taitung and Changhua counties, while it was recorded at 2 in Pingtung County and the offshore county of Penghu, and 1 on the Matsu Islands, it said.


There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake.-Central News Agency

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