Taipei: A strong earthquake shook Taiwan on Thursday afternoon. The US Geological Survey said, shaking buildings and disrupting traffic. According to the reports, In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed violently while some panicked school children fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan count.
The US Geological Survey said, A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan on Thursday. According to the local media, the earth quake had been felt all over the island and a highway connecting Yilan and Hualien was shut down due to falling rocks. The quake struck at 13:01 pm (0501 GMT) at a depth of 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) in eastern Hualien county. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The island's central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.1.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned people living near the coast could notice some effects on sea levels, but said there would be no tsunami. The agency said, "Due to this earthquake, Japan's coastal areas may observe slight changes on the oceanic surface, but there is no concern about damage.”
Last year, Hualien was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake last year that killed 17 people. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.