Taipei: A strong earthquake hit eastern Taiwan on Thursday, shaking buildings over a wide area including the capital. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 7:02 p.m. and measured magnitude 6.3.
It was centered in a remote mountainous area 45 kilometers (28 miles) south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualian at a depth of just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), it said.
Buildings swayed for more than 10 seconds and startled residents ducked for cover in Taipei, the capital, which is about 150 kilometers (95 miles) from the epicenter.