6.3 Earthquake Rocks The Island

An earthquake registering at 6.3 on the Richter scale shook northern Taiwan on the morning of April 20, followed shortly afterward by a 5.0-magnitude aftershock and that evening by a number of smaller tremors.

The Central Weather Bureau said the earthquake epicenter was off the coast of Hualien, and categorized it as a shallow earthquake with a hypocenter 17.5 kilometers below the surface. The explosion of an electricity transformer box damaged during the quake killed an 84-year-old man in New Taipei City. Minor damage was also reported, including 11 cars that fell from a parking tower in Taipei, flooding that resulted from a water-main break in New Taipei City’s Shulin District, and structural damage at some schools.