6.9 earthquake hits off coast of Taiwan

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southeastcoast of Taiwan earlier today, the US Geological Survey reports.

The quake’s depth was at ten kilometres (6.2 miles), which is considered relatively shallow. The epicentre was 269 kilometres (167 miles) east of T’ai-tung, Taiwan. It struck at 10:59:50 local time, or 02:59:50 UTC.

The Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau said no tsunami warning was issued over the temblor; the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also said is no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami.. According to the Associated Press, some buildings in the capital Taipei swayed, although there weren’t any immediate reports of damage, injuries, or deaths.

Buildings swayed in Taipei, the capital, when the quake hit, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.



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