A 6.6 earthquake has just hit Taiwan. According to a report from Thursday (Oct. 31), the USGS stated that, "The quake struck 28 miles southwest of the east coast town of Hua-lien at a depth of 5.8 miles. At this time, there have been no reports of serious damage or casualties in the area.
Originally the United States Geological Survey had called it a 6.7 on the scale, but that has been adjusted slightly down in the latest update from them. It was also reported to have hit at 7:02 p.m. local time, lasting about 10 seconds in duration.
It's remarkable that there has been no damage reported, as this is the same general area that suffered through a 7.6 quake back in 1999. A report on that tragedy stated that more than 2,300 people were killed. By comparison, this quake was much weaker, likely keeping more people out of danger than the one from 1999.
News of the 6.6 earthquake is still being disseminated and it is already dark on the island. A full grasp of whether there is any damage in the less populate areas probably won't be accomplished until Friday morning (Nov. 1). For now, the news coming out of Taiwan is all positiv.
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