A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled Taiwan on Thursday morning (Aug 8), the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in north-eastern Yilan county.
Taiwan’s central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.0. High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.
The authorities said the quake was felt across Taiwan, causing power outages to more than 1,300 houses in the greater Taipei area. The Taiwan Railways Administration has suspended some services in Yilan.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement urging people to remain calm, saying the authorities were looking into any possible damage from the quake.
A temblor was also felt on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, about 110km east of Taiwan, at around the same time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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