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    Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan


    by NTDTelevision

    A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern parts of Taiwan early on Thursday. 11 people were injured, but no fatalities have been reported. The quake caused minor damage.

    [Unidentified Resident]: (Female, Taiwanese) (no title bar)
    "My heart is still beating fast now. I was just washing dishes and no one else is home, I was scared to death."

    The quake set five fires, including one at a textile factory.

    [Unidentified Official from Environmental Bureau]: (male, Mandarin) (no title bar)
    "We can see here the major storage tank is right here, so it has little effect. Although the fire hit the laboratory, there was only very little toxic chemicals, so it should not be very serious. So far, from the air we monitored, there are very little toxic particles."

    Falling objects, including a tree, injured people in southern Taiwan.

    Rooftops collapsed and school children were evacuated in Kaohsiung and Tainan Counties.

    Rail services in the south have been disrupted due to safety checks.

    Taiwan’s Weather Bureau says the epicenter of the quake was in the mountains northeast of Kaohsiung City.

    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. The 7.6 magnitude quake killed more than 2,400 people and damaged 50,000 buildings.