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Magnitude 7.1 TAIWAN REGION

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 12:26:21 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred 90 km (55 miles) SSE of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan and 795 km (495 miles) N of MANILA, Philippines at 6:26 AM MDT, Dec 26, 2006 (8:26 PM local time in Taiwan). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. 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.

At least one person was killed and three injured at P'ing-tung. Several buildings damaged or destroyed. Felt throughout Taiwan. Also felt along the coast of southeastern China from Shantou in the south to Fuzho in the north.

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


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