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Earthquake strikes off Taiwan coast, no casualties

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off the east coast of Taiwan early on Sunday morning but there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

world Updated: May 11, 2008 08:33 IST

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan early on Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 3:41 am (0111 IST) and was centred 99 kilometres southeast of Suao, the USGS said. It struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Taiwan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates, is regularly shaken by earthquakes