Strong earthquake rattles Taiwan


An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude rattled Taiwan, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 12.59am Monday, local time, was about 21km (13 miles) north of Ilan on the east coast, at a depth of 96 km (60 miles), the Central Weather Bureau said.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst-recorded quakes occurred in September 1999. Measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, it killed more than 2,400 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings.