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Moderate quake off Taiwan

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off northeast Taiwan today, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.

world Updated: Oct 12, 2010 08:55 IST

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off northeast Taiwan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at 7:16 am (2316 GMT Monday) 307 kilometres (191 miles) off Suao city in northeast Taiwan, at a depth of 108 kilometres, the USGS said.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's history.