Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes Hualien

Taipei-- A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck at sea east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan at 3:33 p.m. on Wednesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The quake's epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean about 35.3 kilometers northeast of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 55.0 km, the bureau's data showed.

No casualties or damage were reported.

An intensity of 3 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale was felt in Hualien County's Heping, Yilan County's Su'ao and Hsinchu County's Zhudong townships, according to the bureau.

An intensity of 2 was felt in Hualien City, Yilan City, New Taipei, Nantou County's Hehuanshan, Taichung's Deji, Changhua County's Ershui and Yunlin County's Gukeng, according to the bureau.

An intensity of 1 was felt in 13 counties or cities in Taiwan, including Taipei's Xinyi District, according to the bureau. People in CNA's office in Taipei's Zhongshan District could feel the tremor.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel