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Moderate earthquake hits southern Taiwan

Taiwanese authorities say a moderate 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck central Taiwan. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 08:29 IST

Taiwanese authorities say a moderate 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck central Taiwan. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Central Weather Bureau says the quake struck at 1:17 a.m. Thursday (GMT 1717 Wednesday). It was centered about 13.9 miles (22.4 kilometers) northeast of an earthquake recording station in the southern Taiwanese county of Chiayi.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people. And in 2006 a 6.7-magnitude tremor south of Kaohsiung severed undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet service to millions throughout Asia.