A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

An earthquake struck Northeastern Taiwan Sunday afternoon. Residents reported violent shaking in Taipei, there were no immediate reports of damage though.

The central bureau of Taiwan said that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.5, which was the biggest on the island this year. Some earthquakes of this magnitude can prove deadly, although much depends on where the quake strikes and at what depth.

Train services including Metros were briefly stopped as a precautionary measure. However, all services were resumed shortly afterwards.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island’s history.