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    Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan - USGS

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    No immediate information about casualties and destruction is available at the moment. There was no warning of a tsunami threat.

    The US Geological Survey reported of a strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake striking Taiwan's east coast 17 km (10 miles) northeast of Hua-lien.

    The agency stated the quake took place at a depth of 7.8 km.

    However, according to information from the China Earthquake Networks Center, the tremors were of lesser magnitude — about 5.6.

    ​No tsunami warning has been issued so far, as well as no information about possible casualties or damages reported.

    tsunami warning, Earthquake, China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), US Geological Survey (USGS), Taiwan
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