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5.9-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan

Published on May 21, 2014 8:54 AM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan on Wednesday and shook buildings in the capital, the Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck at 8:21 am local time with its epicentre 33.3km southwest of the eastern city of Hualien, at a depth of 18km, the centre said.

Three children were slightly injured by falling ceiling material during a singing lesson at a school in the southern city of Tainan, education ministry officials said.  

The quake, compounded by heavy rain for several days, also triggered landslides which disrupted traffic on four highways in mountainous areas.  

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