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A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes northeast Taiwan

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Sunday in northeast Taiwan, according to the meteorological agency, left a woman injured but did not cause significant material damage.

The Taiwanese emergency operations center indicated that the victim had suffered injuries from falling stones in the mountainous region of Hualien County (east).

The Taiwan meteorological agency confirmed a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) registered a 6.2 earthquake.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which was located in Yilan County, occurred at 1:11 PM (0511 GMT) and at a depth of 67 kilometers.

The shaking lasted about 30 seconds. “The walls of the house shook, both from the side and from top to bottom, it seemed quite strong,” according to an AFP journalist in Yilan, who did not find any material damage in his neighborhood.

The authorities indicated that they ruled out generalized deterioration, since the earthquake originated very deep.

“Citizens need not be concerned,” said Chen Kuo-chang, director of the Seismological Center of the Central Bureau of Meteorology.

“The earthquake is deep and its intensity is not that great; it would have caused unforeseeable damage if it hadn’t been so deep,” Chen Kuo-chang added.

The main quake was followed by a 5.4 magnitude aftershock and the Taipei subway system was closed as a precaution for just under an hour.

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