Earthquake hits southernmost Taiwan but no damage reported
An undersea earthquake measuring 5.1 in magnitude rocked the southern tip of Taiwan Monday but did not cause any damage or casualties, officials said.
The undersea tremor struck at 08:39 am (0039 GMT) with its epicentre 62 kilometres (39 miles) southeast of Lanyu, an islet off Taiwan's southeastern coast, the country's Seismology Centre said.
A seismologist said the quake was felt only in Lanyu and in the town of Hengchun on the southernmost tip of the island.
Taiwan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The country's worst, a 7.6-magnitude quake, killed some 2,400 people in September 1999.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.