6.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeast Taiwan, knocks down objects


Taipei, Taiwan– A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan on Saturday evening and local media reported items falling from store shelves, but no immediate word on casualties.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency said the subway system in the southern city of Kaoshiung has been temporarily suspended. The earthquake was also felt in the capital, Taipei.

The US Geological Survey measured the initial magnitude of the quake at 6.6. He said it happened at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was in Taitung County, a flat rice-growing area with a population of around 8,500.

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