Last Updated: Monday, April 20, 2015

Strong earthquake off Taiwan sparks fire – 1 killed

A powerful earthquake off Taiwan on Monday morning caused a fire killing one person and injuring other.

The 6.4 magnitude quake caused a junction box near a residential building in New Taipei City to explode, which stared the fire, Taiwan News reported quoting fire and rescue agency.

The earthquake triggered an advisory for a tsunami of up to 1 meter in Japan that was lifted after just over an hour.

According to Focus Taiwan, some 200 households in the area experienced power shortages.

Road was flooded because of a burst water pipe in Shulin district.

Tremor was well felt in New Taipei and parts of the northeastern county of Yilan.

01:42 UTC (local time: 10:42; 2015-04-20 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
66 km (41mi) SE of Su'ao, Taiwan
77 km (48mi) ENE of Hualian, Taiwan
85 km (53mi) SE of Yilan, Taiwan
119 km (74mi) SSE of Keelung, Taiwan
862 km (536mi) ENE of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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