Taiwan quake: HUGE magnitude 6.1 quake felt in Taipei.

The massive earthquake, which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) initially said hit at a 6.4 magnitude, struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien, 98 km east of Taichung at a depth of 11 miles (18km), at 8.01am BST (1.01am local time) and forced officials to temporarily suspend subway services and evacuate schools in the Taiwanese capital. A Central Weather Bureau (CWB) official said it was the largest quake to hit the island so far this year.

The large tremor did extensive damages to infrastructures, according to local television footage.

And some areas of the heavily-industrialised island were affected by small-scale power cuts.

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However, oil refinery plants and services continued to operate as normal, according to the Government.

The quake was followed by a strong 4.1 aftershock following the earthquake, according to CWB.

The Government said it set up a disaster reaction centre to deal with any disruption created by the quake.

And President Tsai Ing-wen announced she asked officials “to gather information from everywhere to check whether there’s any damage, and if so, to react as soon as possible.”

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

One witness said: “There was one big shake that got us moving, I was only on the 2nd floor, can’t imagine higher. Then it kept shaking for 30 seconds.”

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One person said on social media: “The earthquake felt so huge that when I was exercising in the park I almost fell over on the sidewalk.

“It felt like a 7.0 but Not sure about that. I never felt the earthquake standing in the park before.”

Another person added: “This is the strongest one I felt in Taipei for last 10 years!”

A resident said: “Wow, just felt a solid 30-second long earthquake in Taipei a few seconds ago. National alerts went off on my phone as it hit.

“Struck Hualien County, but was enough to knock stuff off shelves here.”

The earthquake was felt as far as 239 miles away (386km) in Pingtung County.

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While a magnitude of 5 was felt in Nantou County, Yilan County, Taichung City, and New Taipei City, Taiwan news reported.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes as it sits on the notorious Ring of Fire, a large 24,854.8 miles (40,000km) horseshoe shape where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place.

A huge earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 struck central Taiwan in September 1999, killing at least 2,297 people and injuring nearly 9,000 others.

And another one killed more than 100 people n the southern part of the island in 2016.

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