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Magnitude-4.4 earthquake hits southwest of Hualien

TAIPEI -- A magnitude-4.4 earthquake jolted Eastern Taiwan at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The earthquake's epicenter was located 44.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 9.1 km, on the border between Hualien and Nantou counties, bureau officials said.

The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 4, was felt in Hongyeh Village in Hualien.

Three moderate earthquakes shook eastern Taiwan earlier in the day, with the strongest quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.

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