Strong Quake Kills 1, Injures 19 in Taiwan

6.1 quake shakes island

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 27, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck central Taiwan, killing at least one person and injuring 19 as it damaged buildings on the quake-prone island. Buildings swayed in the capital, Taipei, and sections of the country's high-speed rail service were suspended to be inspected for damage. Emergency officials said a 72-year-old woman became the first known fatality from the quake. She died when a temple wall she was standing next to collapsed and crushed her in the mostly rural county of Nantou, epicenter of a 1999 quake that killed more than 2,500 people.

The seismology director at Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau points to Richter scale graphs.
The seismology director at Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau points to Richter scale graphs.   (AP Photo)
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