A significant earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted southeast Taiwan, although no damage or power disruptions were immediately reported.
According to the Taiwan meteorology office, the earthquake’s epicentre was in Taitung county, a sparsely inhabited area of the island, and its depth was 7.3 km (4.5 miles).
April Yao, the county commissioner for Taitung, posted on Facebook that the earthquake was “very strong,” and the Central News Agency, the government news agency, published a photo of bottles that had fallen off the shelves of a Taitung store.
According to Taiwan’s fire department, there have been no complaints of damage. On Taiwan’s east coast, according to state-run utility Taipower, there was no disruption in the flow of electricity.
According to the weather bureau, Taiwan could feel the earthquake. Buildings in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, temporarily trembled.
There was apparently little effect on business, according to the science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, which are home to significant semiconductor factories.
Due to its location at the meeting point of two tectonic plates, Taiwan is vulnerable to earthquakes.
In 2016, a quake in southern Taiwan claimed the lives of over 100 people, but a 7.3 magnitude quake in 1999 claimed the lives of over 2,000 people.