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Taiwanese get a good shake in the middle of the night

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled northern Taiwan at about 1am yesterday. No injuries were reported, the Central Weather Bureau said.

“There were no reports of damage or casualties after we checked with local units,” a National Fire Agency official said yesterday.

The earthquake had a depth of 95.7km and its epicenter was located 20.9km north of Ilan City, said Kuo Kai-wen (郭鎧紋), director of the bureau’s Seismology Center.

Given the depth of the temblor, the earthquake had an intensity of only 3.0 in Ilan City, Kuo said.

Other areas that felt the quake at an intensity of 3.0 included Taipei City, Hualien, Taichung and Nantou counties, Seismology Center officials said.

Reports said that buildings in the Taipei area shook for about 30 seconds.

Kuo said the pre-dawn temblor had nothing to do with the devastating May 12 Sichuan earthquake, as it was the result of pressure released from movements of the Philippine and the Eurasia plates, on which Taiwan is situated.

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