6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Taiwan

Trains grounded to a halt and power supply was cut off when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Thursday. The quake’s epicenter was found near the southern town of Jiashian, but shaking was felt as far as the capital Taipei, where earthquake-ready buildings reportedly swayed.

People panicked when the temblor struck, causing several injuries. The Ministry of Defense has dispatched soldiers to affected area to help assess the damage. Several temporary shelters in Kaohsiung County were reportedly toppled. The subway service in Kaohsiung was also halted because of the quake. Communication infrastructure was also affected.

Taiwan is prone to earthquakes with several notable ones occurring over the last decade or so. More than 2,300 people were killed when a 7.6 quake struck the country in 1999. The recent earthquake comes less than a week since an 8.8-magnitude temblor hit Chile, generating tsunamis and killing at least 800 people. However, the country’s Central Weather Bureau Seismology Center said the Taiwan quake was not connected with the one that hit Chile.