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6.5-magnitude quake jolts sea off eastern Taiwan coast

(Xinhua)

08:10, June 11, 2012

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the sea off Taiwan's eastern coast at 5 pm Beijing Time yesterday, said the island's meteorological department.

The epicenter was monitored at 24.47 degrees north latitude and 122.39 degrees east longitude, or 70.2 kilometers southeast of the headquarters of Yilan county authorities, with a depth of 61.9 kilometers.

Xinhua reporters felt houses trembling inside a Taipei building. The jolt lasted 15 seconds. There have been no immediate reports of any casualties or property loss.

The earthquake monitoring center in Beijing put the magnitude of the quake at 5.9 on the Richter scale.

No nuclear power plants in Taiwan were affected by the earthquakes. Taiwan currently operates three nuclear power plants - two in New Taipei City and one in Pingtung county - with the fourth power plant, also located in New Taipei, scheduled to become operational in 2015, according to the Taiwan-based Central News Agency.

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