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Taiwan earthquake: 6.0 magnitude earthquake sways buildings

An earthquake variously reported as magnitude 6.0 and 6.1 struck 155 miles from Taipei Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and injuring one woman.

By Associated Press / March 26, 2013

The earthquake that struck the island nation of Taiwan had an epicenter in Nantou County, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Taipei.

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A strong earthquake struck a rural township in central Taiwan on Wednesday, swaying buildings, sending schoolchildren to seek cover, and injuring at least one office worker, officials said.

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The Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake was felt throughout the island. The quake, which hit at a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles), swayed buildings in the capital of Taipei, and officials said sections of the high-speed rail were temporarily suspended from service for damage inspection.

Near the epicenter in Nantou County, a section of a ceiling fell from a government office, injuring one worker, officials said.

Nantou government official Chen Min-hui said tiles fell from a few school buildings and minor cracks appeared on walls, but all structures remained intact.

Nantou is a rural county about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Taipei. It is near the epicenter of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that killed more than 2,300 people in 1999.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

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