One dead after 5.9-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan

One dead after 5.9-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan

Taiwan earthquake
The quake struck at 5.28am (2128 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 10 kilometres in northeastern Yilan county. Taiwan's central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.0. (Photo: US Geological Survey)

TAIPEI: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Taiwan on Thursday (Aug 8) killed one woman and caused temporary power outages that affected more than 10,000 homes, authorities said.

The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in northeastern Yilan county. Taiwan's central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.0.

Tremors were felt across the island and high-rises in Taipei swayed as the quake struck off the northeastern coast at dawn, waking sleeping residents.

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A 60-year-old woman was killed outside the capital after a closet fell on her during the quake, the National Fire Agency said.

More than 10,000 houses around the greater Taipei area and neighbouring Yilan lost power, while rail authorities suspended some train services in Yilan affecting thousands of passengers.

Taiwan was already on alert for typhoon Lekima, which is gaining momentum and is expected to buffet the island with powerful winds and heavy rains through to Friday.

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"We will continue to monitor if there could be a combined impact from the aftershocks of the earthquake and the approaching typhoon," President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters.

Taiwan earthquake Yilan Aug 8, 2019

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

In April, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the island, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people.

Taiwan's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude quake in 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.

Source: AFP/de/hm

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