Fourteen hurt in Taiwan quake
Sun, Dec 20, 2009

TAIPEI (AFP) - Fourteen people suffered minor injuries after a strong quake jolted Taiwan over the weekend, rescuers said Sunday.

Thirteen people were hospitalised after a chlorine leak at a hotel in east Taiwan's Hualien city, near the epicentre of the 6.4-magnitude quake that struck late Saturday, said the National Fire Agency.

Also in Hualien, one woman was lightly wounded by falling rocks and sought medical help, it said.

Minor incidents were reported in various parts of the island while two water tanks fell from roof tops, crushing cars in the capital Taipei without causing casualties.

The agency ruled that a factory fire in north Taiwan's Taoyuan county that killed one person was not caused by the quake although it broke out soon afterwards.

The quake, which occurred at 9:02 pm (1302 GMT), was 25 kilometres (15 miles) southeast of Hualien, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Buildings were shaken for about 20 seconds as far away as the capital Taipei in the northern part of the island.

The quake was at a depth of 44.6 kilometres (27.7 miles) under the sea, according to the USGS.



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