Earthquake measuring 6.1 shakes parts of Taiwan, including capital

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday (May 31).
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday (May 31).PHOTO: USGS

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday (May 31) and was felt in the capital, Taipei, residents and officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey originally recorded the quake, centred about 110km  northeast of Taipei, with a magnitude of 6.4. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude at 7.2.

Witnesses reported that tremors could be felt in buildings in Taipei, including the national parliament, as well as at the international airport in Taoyuan south of the capital.

The world’s largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc, said there was no impact to its operations.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.