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News Release

Magnitude 6.7 TAIWAN REGION
Friday, October 15, 2004 at 04:08:50 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A strong earthquake occurred IN THE TAIWAN REGION about 85 km (50 miles) east of Su-ao or about 130 km (80 miles) east southeast of T'AI-PEI at 10:08 PM MDT, Oct 14, 2004 (Oct 15 at 12:08 PM local time in Taiwan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. The earthquake was felt at T'ai-pei. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

Several people injured and buildings damaged in T'ao-yuan County. Felt throughout Taiwan. Also felt in much of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Recorded (5 TAP) in Hua-lien and I-lan; (4 TAP) in T'ai-chung, T'ai-pei, T'ai-tung, T'ao-yuan and Yun-lin; (3 TAP) in Chang-hua, Chia-i, Hsin-chu, Miao-li, Nan- t'ou and T'ai-nan; (2 TAP) in Kao-hsiung and P'ing-tung Counties. Also recorded (5L JMA) on Yonaguni- jima; (4 JMA) on Iriomote-jima and Ishigaki-jima; (3 JMA) on Miyako-jima; (2 JMA) on Tarama-shima; (1 JMA) on Amami-oshima and Kume-jima, Ryukyu Islands.


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