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An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 shakes Taiwan

An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted northeastern Taiwan, causing fear among the population of the capital, Taipei, without having been informed so far of casualties, reported the Central Meteorological Center the island.

The earthquake was centered near the northeastern city of Yilan, the weather center said.

The quake was felt strongly in the cities of northeastern Taiwan, where it triggered fear among the population, especially in Taipei, Yilan and Taoyuan.

Taiwan is located in a tectonic zone and suffers frequent quakes, the most devastating in recent years, of 7.6 magnitude, occurred on September 22, 1999 and caused 2,416 deaths.

On February 6, 2016 an earthquake of 6.4 degrees in Tainan, south of the island, in which 117 people died due to the collapse of buildings was recorded.

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