Taiwan is shaken by a strong earthquake, but no damage has been recorded.


Buildings trembled in Taipei on Sunday after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake slammed northeastern Taiwan, although there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

The earthquake had a depth of 66.8 kilometers (41.5 miles) and could be felt throughout Taiwan’s northern, eastern, and western regions, with the epicentre located in Yilan county, according to the weather agency.

The metro system in Taipei was temporarily suspended for inspections, however it reopened shortly after. The state-owned power company stated the grid was up and running normally, while the railway administration said it was conducting checks at the time of the incident.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, announced that part of its employees had been evacuated.

According to a brief statement issued the business, “Personnel at select TSMC fabs in north Taiwan evacuated during the earthquake in accordance with company procedure, and all safety functioned normally.”

Taiwan is located at the confluence of two tectonic plates, making it susceptible to earthquakes.

In 2016, a quake in southern Taiwan claimed the lives of more than 100 people, while a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 1999 claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people.

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