Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Off Taiwan Coast

Central Weather Bureau取自中央氣象局

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake at a depth of 17.5 km shook Taiwan at 9:42 this morning, according to The Central News Agency. The epicenter was 76.2 km off the coast of Hualien, according to the Central Weather Bureau. It was followed by another 5.0 aftershock farther off the coast at 9:49.

The quake was felt in Okinawa, Japan, as well. Reports from Japan said the earthquake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale. A tsunami warning was issued for a brief time.

Update 1: The earthquake caused a transformer box to explode, triggering a fire in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei, killing an 84-year-old man and injuring a 28-year-old, Apple Daily reported.

Apple Daily also has a video of unfazed tourists on the 88th floor of Taipei 101 during the earthquake.

There have been reports of damage around Taiwan.

Update 2: There were three more aftershocks measuring 5.5, 5.8, and 5.7 on the Richter scale at 7:20, 7:45, and 8:00 PM, respectively.

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