6.0 quake causes minor damage in northeastern Taiwan


A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has caused minor damage in northeastern Taiwan.

Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring bureau said the quake struck 5:28 a.m. Thursday in the Pacific Ocean about 36 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of the city of Ilan. The epicenter was about 22.5 kilometers (14 miles) beneath sea level.

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Television reports showed goods knocked off grocery store shelves and slight structural damage to buildings.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Taiwan is on a string of Pacific seismic faults known as the “Rim of Fire” and is frequently rocked by tremors, including a 1999 quake that killed more than 2,300 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s magnitude was 5.9 and its depth was 10 kilometers (6 miles).