Strong earthquake hits northern Taiwan

Updated: 2008-06-02 08:00

Taipei -- Local officials say a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Taiwan, rattling buildings, but causing no damage or casualties.

Local weather bureau says the quake struck 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of the northeastern city of Ilan at 12:59 am Monday (1659 GMT Sunday).

Ilan is about 44 miles (70 kilometers) east of Taipei.

Authorities says the latest quake is not related to the 6.4 magnitude temblor that struck in the Pacific Ocean off of southern Taiwan on Sunday.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little damage. A 7.6-magnitude quake in central Taiwan in September 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

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