5.9 magnitude quake jolts Taiwan      

Volunteers pray outside a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan, on February 8, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled Taiwan on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
 
The quake struck at 5:28 am (2128 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 10 kilometers in northeastern Yilan county. Taiwan’s central weather bureau put its magnitude at 6.0. 
 
High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.
 
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 September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.

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