A strong earthquake struck Taiwan on Sunday, causing minor damage in the southern part of the island. There were no immediate reports of casualties and no tsunami warning was issued. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 10:35 a.m. local time (02:35 GMT) was centered about 1.6 kilometer (1 mile) east of Wutai, a rural township in Pingtung County.
The Hong Kong Observatory measured the quake at magnitude 6.0, while Taiwan’s Seismology Centre and the Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude at 6.1. China’s Xinhua News Agency reported the initial temblor was followed a few minutes later by two tremors with magnitudes of 4 and 4.2.
Shaking could be felt as far away as Taipei City, the country’s capital in the north, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. Sunday’s earthquake struck about 32.4 kilometers (20.1 miles) southeast of Kaohsiung, the island’s second-largest city with a population of about 2.9 million.
Taiwan television showed pictures of minor damage in the Pingtung area. TV reports said high-speed rail service had been temporarily suspended out of the southern city of Kaohsiung, north of Pingtung. Visit source 5.9 Earthquake Strikes Southern Taiwan: