Four people injured in Tainan earthquake

Taipei--Four people were injured in the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, and the power outage caused by the tremblor was resolved shortly afterwards, authorities said.

One person in Tainan and three others in neighboring Kaohsiung City suffered minor injuries in the earthquake and were sent to hospitals for treatment, said the National Fire Agency.

At one point, the earthquake also left about 50,000 households in the dark in eastern Tainan, but power was restored shortly afterwards, Tainan authorities said.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Taiwan's two leading semiconductor foundries, said their operations in Tainan were affected only to a minimal degree by the earthquake.

Taiwan's strongest earthquake so far this year, which occurred off the coast of Tainan, jolted residents in the southern municipality just over a year after 117 people were killed in a strong earthquake that hit Tainan and Kaohsiung.

The epicenter of the latest earthquake, which struck at 01:12 a.m., was located 12.2 kilometers to the southwest of the Tainan City Hall at a depth of 18.4 kilometers, the Central Weather Bureau's seismology data showed.

An intensity of 6 was felt in Tainan, a city with a population of 1.88 million, the bureau said. Taiwan's 0-7 intensity scale measures the degree to which the earth shakes at a particular location.

In Kaohsiung and Pingtung County to the south and Chiayi, Yunlin, and Changhua counties to the north, an intensity of 3 to 4 was felt, the bureau said.

There have been no reports of major damage following the earthquake, Tainan and Kaohsiung authorities said.

In Tainan, only a few cases of ceiling damage and people being trapped in elevators were reported.

Aftershocks of various magnitudes may occur over the next two weeks, said Shin Tzay-chyn (???), director-general of the Central Weather Bureau.

There was already an aftershock -- with a magnitude of 4.2 -- after the main earthquake early Saturday, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel