BIG BREAKING: Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 hits Taiwan

New Delhi: An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has hit Taiwan. The epicenter of the quake was reported to be 85 km east of Yujing district in Taiwan. The quake was intense and it hit at around 12.14 pm IST.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude 7.2 and the US Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning in Taiwan after the tremor, reports news agency Reuters.

Earlier, a 5.9 magnitude quake hit the country at 1:19 pm. Another 6.4 magnitude quake, 50km (30 miles) north of the coastal city of Taitung at 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, was reported on Saturday.

Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes as the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates. The island does not issue tsunami warnings unless a quake is more powerful than magnitude 7.0.

The USGS estimated there was a low likelihood of casualties on Saturday, though said some damage was possible.

 

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