Moderate Earthquake Shakes Southern Taiwan: Injuries Limited

Moderate Earthquake Shakes Southern Taiwan: Injuries Limited

First we had the Haiti earthquake back in January, then we had the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile last month, and now there appears to be new of yet another earthquake in southern Taiwan. But according to a report at nytimes.com, this was only a moderate one.

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake was said to have struck in a mountainous region near the southern city of Kaohsiung, at 8:18 am on Thursday. According to government agencies, the quake knocked out the power to over half a million customers and caused a fire in a textile factory.

But the government agencies also reported that injuries appeared to be limited. The Central Weather Bureau said that more than 120 aftershocks had been recorded since the quake had occurred. Buildings in the country’s capital Taipei swayed for several minutes.

A duty officer at the National Fire Agency of the Interior Ministry said that the earthquake had mostly affected southern Taiwan, with only 12 people being slightly injured at the time of talking. The quake caused five fires, and six high-speed trains to suspend operations.

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