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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits southeastern region

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted southeastern Taiwan at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The earthquake's epicenter was located at sea about 66.7 kilometers south of Taitung County Hall at a depth of 85.6 km, bureau officials said.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in outlying Orchid Island, where it measured a 3 on Taiwan's 7-tiered intensity scale.

Several townships in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County and the metropolitan areas of Kaohsiung and Tainan recorded intensities of 2.

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