Taiwan Grapples with Aftershocks

Taiwan Grapples with Aftershocks
Taiwan Grapples with Aftershocks

Workers clear debris and stabilize a tilted building after Taiwan was shaken by a series of tremors that the government said were aftershocks from a deadly quake that hit more than two weeks ago.

Taiwan was shaken by dozens of earthquakes all through that left buildings swaying and some tilting, with the government saying they were aftershocks from a huge deadly quake that hit the island more than two weeks ago.

The strongest, which the US Geological Survey measured at magnitude 6.1, hit followed minutes later by a 6.0 tremor.

Taipei's Central Weather Administration put them at 6.0 and 6.3, respectively.

Authorities said there were no casualties reported so far, but the non-stop shaking meant a restless night even for those in the capital Taipei about 150 kilometers north, where walls and glass panels rattled in swaying homes.

Around 8:00 am, a 5.8-magnitude tremor shook the capital as commuters made their way to work.

The Central Weather Administration said it had recorded more than 200 quakes.

All had originated from Hualien on the central east coast of Taiwan.

The mountainous county was the epicenter of a magnitude-7.4 quake that hit April 3, which Taiwan said was the "strongest in 25 years", triggering landslides that blocked roads and severely damaged buildings around the main Hualien city.

At least 17 people were killed, with the latest body found in a quarry on April 13.

A hotel building in Hualien that was previously damaged started tilting at an angle after the quakes.

Taiwan sees frequent earthquakes due to its location at the junction of two tectonic plates, and the April 3 quake was followed by more than 1,200 aftershocks -- causing rockfalls and tremors around Hualien.

The April 3 tremor was the most serious in Taiwan since 1999, when a magnitude-7.6 quake hit the island. The death toll then was far higher, with 2,400 people killed in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's history.