Earthquake of more than 6 magnitude hits eastern Taiwan

Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

HUALIAN, Taiwan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- An earthquake of more than 6 magnitude rattled eastern Taiwan Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude at 6.6. Japan rated it at 6.5, Taiwan News reported.

The earthquake, at a depth of about 5.5 miles, was centered about 27 miles south-southwest of Hualian, 39 miles southeast of Buli and 471 miles east-northeast of Hong Kong, USGS said.

Train services in the area were suspended for safety checks, officials said.

Officials said telephone service was interrupted.

The Taiwan News said a power outage in Shoufeng reportedly trapped people on a building's third floor.

Central Weather Bureau officials said it was the third inland earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher this year.

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