Sunday, June 2, 2013

Strong earthquake hits Taiwan, killing one

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Taiwan, killing one person and violently shaking buildings in the capital Taipei.

The powerful tremor sent people running into the streets and was also felt in Hong Kong, more than 700 kilometres away, officials said on Sunday.

It hit at 1.43 pm local time and was centred 32 kilometres east of central Nantou country at a depth of 10 kilometres, Taiwan’s Seismology Centre said.

The National Fire Agency said a male mountain climber was killed after being hit by falling rocks on Mount Ali in central Taiwan.