Aftershocks rattle Taiwan

Roads in Hualien county were torn up by Sunday’s quake Sam Yeh AFP

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AFP) — Aftershocks struck southeastern Taiwan on Monday, including a 5.5-magnitude earthquake that was felt in the capital Taipei, a day after a more powerful tremor killed one person and injured around 150 others.

The latest quake hit around 10 a.m., 66 kilometers south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualien at a depth of 13 kilometers, the United States Geological Survey said.

Taiwan’s central weather bureau put the magnitude at 5.9.

Rural and sparsely populated southeastern Taiwan has been rattled by a series of jolts since Saturday.

The most powerful, a 6.9-magnitude quake, struck on Sunday afternoon, tearing up roads and bringing down a handful of houses in the town of Yuli where at least one person was killed.

Four others were rescued from a collapsed building, while authorities said a total of 146 suffered injuries.

Meanwhile, no Filipino was hurt in the eartquake, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan said on Monday.

“Per our MECO Taipei and per report of POLO, our OFWs are all safe. No reported casualty,” MECO chair Silvestro Bello III said, citing reports from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

There are nearly 158,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan, mostly caregivers and household workers, according to MECO.

WITH JOM GARNER


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