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Quake rattles north Taiwan

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale rattles northern Taiwan, but there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

world Updated: Nov 08, 2007 10:50 IST

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale rattled northern Taiwan on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 6:54 am was about 46 km (29 miles) east of the northeastern Ilan county, at a depth of 4 km (2.5 miles), the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst-recorded quakes occurred in September 1999. Measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, it killed more than 2,400 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings.