A 6.5-magnitude Earthquake Struck Northeastern Taiwan on Sunday

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan at 1.11 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a second quake of 5.4 magnitude, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the first quake was located in Nan’ao Township, about 22.7 kilometers south of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 66.8 kilometers while the second quake was also located in Yilan, in Datong Township, around 16.6 km south of the county hall, at a depth of 67.3 km, the CWB’s Seismology Center said.

The first earthquake’s highest intensity hit 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier scale in several areas in northern and northeastern Taiwan.

Authorities said they did not expect widespread damage as the quake was deep with an “intensity that was not as big.”

“The public doesn’t have to be too worried,” the head of the central weather bureau’s seismological center Chen Kuo-chang said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. 

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