Earthquake strikes northeast
An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale struck northeastern areas of the country at 4:30pm yesterday. No casualties were immediately reported. The earthquake was centered beneath the seabed about 33km south of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 5.2km, the Central Weather Bureau said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 5, was felt in the county’s Nanao Township (南澳). The quake was felt at an intensity of 4 in Heping in Hualien County, 3 in Yilan City and 2 in Taipei.
Thailand agreement inked
Taiwan signed a cross-border crime agreement with Thailand on Wednesday. The agreement is a new milestone in international police cooperation, National Police Agency director-general Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) said. Since August 2009, Taiwan and Thailand have jointly investigated 32 cross-border fraud cases, leading to the arrest of 417 people, Wang said. Over the past two years, Taiwan has launched six operations against cross-border fraud in cooperation with China and Southeast Asian countries, with a total of 2,943 people arrested, the agency said.
Stomach woes most frequent
Stomach complaints are most commonly reported by Taiwanese who request medical assistance while overseas, especially during the Lunar New Year holiday, the Taiwan office of International SOS said yesterday. Over the past five years, the company has received an average of 4,700 requests per month from Taiwanese overseas that were linked to stomach ailments, and the average number is 5,300 for the month in which the Lunar New Year holiday falls, it said.