Six Quakes hit Taiwan overnight

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Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Six earthquakes, including a magnitude 5.1 temblor, have shaken eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County over the past 12 hours, but no casualty has been reported, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

“Following a magnitude-4.3 earthquake that occurred at 9: 10 p.m. Tuesday, five other temblors had hit the areas northeast of the Hsiulin seismic observation station in Hualien County as of early Wednesday, said Kuo Kai-wen, director of the CWB’s Seismology Center.

The latest one, measuring 3.3 on the Ritcher scale, hit at 7:46 a.m., with the epicenter located at 7.1 kilometers northeast of the Hsiulin observation station, Kuo said.

The strongest of the string was recorded at 1: 33 a.m., with amagnitude of 5.1, Kuo said, adding that the area surrounding the Taroko Gorge bore the brunt of the tremor. None of the quakes have caused damage.

According to Kuo, Hualien is one of Taiwan’s most earthquake-prone regions. He advised people traveling in the scenic Taroko Gorge area to stay alert for their own safety. (By Chen Shun-hsieh and Sofia Wu) enditem

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