A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes northeast Taiwan

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Yilan County, in northeast Taiwan, on Sunday, with no reported casualties.

According to the island’s Central Bureau of Meteorology, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 66.8 kilometers at 1:11 p.m. local time in Nan’ao municipality in Yilan.

Shortly after, a second earthquake was felt in Datong, another municipality in the same county, measuring 5.4 magnitude and at a depth of 673 kilometers.

According to the meteorological office, so far no material damage or casualties from the earthquake have been reported.

The earthquake was felt in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, according to images posted by various social media users.

Taiwan sits at the confluence of the Philippine and Eurasian plates, so earthquakes are frequent on the island.


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