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Strong quake strikes northern Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AFP) — A strong earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, with residents reporting violent shaking in the capital Taipei but there were no immediate reports of widespread damage.

Taiwan’s central weather bureau said the quake was of magnitude 6.5 while the United States Geological Survey gave a lower figure of 6.2.

It hit northeastern Yilan county at 1:11 p.m. at a depth of 67 kilometers.

An AFP reporter who lives in Yilan said the shaking seemed to last some 30 seconds.

“The walls of the house were shaking, both sideways and up and down, it felt quite strong,” the reporter said.

There was no damage in his neighborhood.

The main quake was followed by a 5.4-magnitude aftershock and Taipei’s MRT metro system shut down as a precaution for a little under an hour before service resumed.

Tom Parker, a British illustrator who lives in Taipei, said he was riding the subway when the quake hit.

“First time I’ve felt a quake on the MRT. Like a tame rollercoaster,” he tweeted, adding he and other commuters were told to shelter in place in the station for now.

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