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Moderate Quake Shakes Taiwan, No Reports of Damage

Date: 21-Jan-05
Country: TAIWAN

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 3.47 p.m. (0747 GMT) was about 12 km (7 miles) west of Jade Mountain, the highest peak in central Taiwan, at a depth of 13 km (8 miles), the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst recorded quakes occurred in September 1999. Measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, it killed more than 2,400 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings.

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