The earthquake had a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles) with the epicenter in Taitung Province, a sparsely populated part of the island, Taiwan’s weather bureau said. The quake was felt throughout Taiwan, it said. In the capital Taipei, buildings briefly shook.
The Taiwan Fire Department said it had not yet received any reports of damage. Located near the intersection of two tectonic plates, Taiwan is prone to earthquakes.
An earthquake in southern Taiwan in 2016 killed more than 100 people, while in 1999 more than 2,000 people died in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake.