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4.2 tremor rattles Taiwan; not part of S. Pacific quake

TAIPEI--An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale shook northeastern Taiwan at 5 p.m. yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said, adding that the temblor was unrelated to the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean earlier in the day.

The Taiwan quake was located at sea about 38.5 kilometers south of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 19.6 km, the bureau said.

It said the strongest tremor, with an intensity of 4, was felt in Nanao Township in Yilan County.

According to the bureau's seismic center, the temblor was a normal release of energy and was not related to the earthquake that struck off the Solomon Islands.

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