Four strong earth­quakes hit Tai­wan

One per­son killed in fire caused by mag­ni­tude 6.3 earth­quake

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ENRU LIN

A mag­ni­tude 6.3 earth­quake — the strong­est recorded so far this year — struck the north­east­ern coast of Tai­wan at 9:42 a.m. yes­ter­day.

The tem­blor was fol­lowed by mag­ni­tude 5.5, 5.8 and 5.7 earth­quakes at 7:20 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., re­spec­tively.

The mag­ni­tude 6.3 earth­quake, felt across Tai­wan and recorded in Ja­pan at mag­ni­tude 6.8, left one per­son dead in New Taipei City.

An 84-year-old man died in a fire when an elec­tri­cal trans­former ex­ploded in his home due to the tem­blor.

The quake caused a slight de­lay in the na­tional rail­way ser­vice as trains slowed speed for safety, while high-speed trains were un­af­fected.

In Taipei City’s Zhong­shan Dis­trict, the morn­ing tem­blor dam­aged a me­chan­i­cal park­ing tower and re­sulted in a car pile-up with

no ca­su­al­ties.

Dam­ages to Schools

A pre­lim­i­nary as­sess­ment from Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ( ) es­ti­mates quake dam­ages to school prop­erty at NT$770,000.

At least 19 public schools have re­ported dam­ages in­clud­ing fallen con­crete in cor­ri­dors, bro­ken floor tiles, lights knocked askew and ceil­ing dam­age.

In Yi­lan County, where six schools were af­fected, the worst-hit was Dafu El­e­men­tary School ( ) with dam­ages es­ti­mated at NT$120,000.

No fac­ulty or stu­dents were re­ported in­jured and no classes were can­celled, ac­cord­ing to the MOE.

Two Af­ter­shocks and An­other

Mag­ni­tude 5.5 Quake

Seis­mol­ogy Cen­ter Deputy Direc­tor Lu Pei-ling ( ) said two of the tem­blors that struck yes­ter­day evening, the 5.8 and the 5.7, were af­ter­shocks of the morn­ing quake.

The mag­ni­tude 6.3 earth­quake hit ap­prox­i­mately 76.2 kilo­me­ters east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 17.5 km, and the two evening af­ter- shocks oc­curred in its prox­im­ity.

The epi­cen­ter of the mag­ni­tude 5.5 earth­quake at 7:45 p.m. was lo­cated at sea about 42.4 kilo­me­ters southeast of Hualien at a depth of 32.6 km and was not an af­ter­shock, Lu said.

CNA

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