Earthquake measuring 6.4 jolts eastern Taiwan
It was quickly followed by two aftershocks, the first measuring 4.7, and the second 30 minutes later at 4.8.Updated: Apr 01, 2006 17:12 IST
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 rocked eastern Taiwan on Saturday, the island's Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The quake struck at 18:02 pm (1532 IST), with its epicentrefive kilometres east of Peinan town in eastern Taitung county, and 10 kilometres underground.
The quake was quickly followed by two aftershocks, the first just three minutes later and measuring 4.7, and the second 30 minutes later at 4.8.
Local television stations reported electricity failures and fires in Taitung, which prompted residents to rush out of their homes. Telephone services were also disrupted.
High-rise buildings in the north of 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 shaken regularly by earthquakes. The country's worst measures seven.
First Published: Apr 01, 2006 17:12 IST