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Eastern Taiwan hit by handful of earthquakes with magnitude 5.5, 5.7 and 3.9

Three earthquakes of magnitude 5.5, 5.7, and 3.9, respectively, struck off the coast of eastern Taiwan early Tuesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The epicenter of the first temblor, which occurred at 12:56 a.m., was located 73 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 69.3 km, according to the bureau's Seismology Center.

The earthquake's highest intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Yilan County, where it measured 3 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale.

The epicenter of the second earthquake, which came at 12:58 a.m. was located at 47.9 km southeast of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 23.9 km. Yilan registered the highest intensity level of 4, CWB data showed.

The third temblor occurred at 7:35 a.m. Its epicenter was located 10.4 km Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 45.7 km.

The quake was barely felt, with an intensity level of 1 registered in Hualien, according to the bureau. -Central News Agency



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