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Temblor hits off Hualien

Staff writer, with AP and CNA

A moderate undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien County at 4:16pm yesterday, though no injuries or damage were reported.

The Central Weather Bureau and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was centered 30km north of Hualien County, or 100km southeast of Taipei City. The bureau initially said the temblor was magnitude 6.1, but later revised it downward to magnitude 5.5, while the USGS measured it at magnitude 5.2. It occurred at a depth of 17.6km, the bureau’s Seismological Center said.

At press time, four aftershocks had been observed by the bureau, all northeast and north-northeast of Hualien County and measuring between magnitude 3.2 and 3.8.

Meanwhile, as a lingering cold front slowly dissipates, the bureau said temperatures in the northern part of the country today could rise to a high of 20°C and a low of 14°C, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation in Taipei City, New Taipei City (新北市) and Keelung. In central Taiwan, the high is expected to reach 23°C, with a low of between 14°C and 15°C. In the south, the daytime high could reach 24°C, with a low between 15°C and 18°C, with sunny to partly cloudy weather.

Eastern parts of the nation can expect a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of showers, with a high of 23°C and a low of 14°C.

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