TAIPEI, Taiwan – An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit southeastern Taiwan on Saturday night and local media reported items falling from store shelves, but no immediate reports of casualties.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency said the subway system in the south of the island’s city of Kaoshiung has been temporarily suspended. The quake was also felt in the capital Taipei.
The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake’s initial magnitude at 6.6. It said it happened at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The epicenter was in Taitung County, a flat-terrain rice area with a population of about 8,500.