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5.4-magnitude quake hits Taiwan

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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan early on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

[TAIPEI] A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan early on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 5.55am (2155 GMT Thursday) and was centred 81km east of the city of Hualian at a depth of 10km, USGS said.

The tremor comes after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in February left 117 dead when an apartment complex collapsed in the southern city of Tainan.

That quake also raised questions over shoddy construction - five people have been charged over the deadly building collapse.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

A 6.3-magnitude quake that hit central Taiwan in June 2013 killed four people and caused widespread landslides.

The island's worst quake disaster came in September 1999 when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed around 2,400 people.

AFP

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