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Moderate Quakes Rattle Northeast Taiwan

Date: 02-Feb-05
Country: TAIWAN

The first quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck at 0159 GMT, and a 5.3-magnitude tremor hit at 0456 GMT, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The epicentres of the two quakes were in Ilan on the island's northeast coast.

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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