A powerful earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan on Thursday. It shook the capital Taipei. Its magnitude was 6.2 on the Richter scale. Then several more mild earthquakes were felt. The Taiwan Meteorological Bureau reported this. News from AFP.

According to reports, the earthquake struck shortly after noon, about 30 kilometers off the coast of Hualien County. Its origin was only 6 km below the surface.

Meanwhile, according to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9 percent and its source was 12 kilometers below the surface.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Chen Kuu-cheng, head of the Bureau of Meteorology’s seismological center, told reporters, “This earthquake shook all of Taiwan because its source was very shallow.”

“Earthquakes have been felt eight times in the country so far and we are expecting many more earthquakes in the next three days.”

An AFP reporter in Taipei said the earthquake was felt in the capital. However, its intensity was less than the earthquakes that hit earlier this year.

(Dhaka Times / 15 December / SAT)