At least 51 injured in Taiwan earthquake
At least 51 people were injured when a earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted eastern Taiwan on Saturday.Updated: Apr 02, 2006 15:07 IST
At least 51 people were injured when a earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted eastern Taiwan on Saturday, authorities said on Sunday.
Most suffered only slight injuries from falling objects and just four remain in hospital, the Taitung Fire Department said.
The tremor struck at 15:32 IST on Saturday, with its epicentre five kilometres (three miles) east of Peinan town in Taitung county and 10 kilometres underground.
The quake was followed by four moderate aftershocks within three hours and the Seismology Centre warned of more aftershocks in the next two weeks.
Authorities urged residents to beware of falling rocks when visiting their ancestors' graves on the traditional Grave Sweeping Day on Wednesday.
Electricity failures and fires were reported in Taitung on Saturday and telephone services were also disrupted there.
High-rise buildings in the north of the capital Taipei swayed, and scattered accidents such as gas leaks, collapsed walls and people trapped in elevators were reported across the island.
Taiwan, lying near the junction of two tectonic plates, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The country's worst, a magnitude-7.
First Published: Apr 02, 2006 15:07 IST