• 5.4 quake rattles Taiwan

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    TAIPEI: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan early on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

    The quake hit at 5:55 a.m. (2155 GMT Thursday) and was centered 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of the city of Hualian at a depth of 10 kilometers, USGS said.

    The tremor comes after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in February left 117 dead when an apartment complex collapsed in the southern city of Tainan.

    That quake also raised questions over shoddy construction — five people have been charged over the deadly building collapse.

    Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

    A 6.3-magnitude quake that hit central Taiwan in June 2013 killed four people and caused widespread landslides.

    The island’s worst quake disaster came in September 1999 when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed around 2,400 people.

    AFP

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