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.
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.