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December, 6, 2016

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2 magnitude 4.1 quakes shake eastern Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Two magnitude 4.1 earthquakes struck eastern Taiwan in a span of six minutes Tuesday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

No immediate injuries or damage were reported.

The first magnitude 4.1 quake occurred at 2:33 p.m. Its epicenter was located in waters off eastern Taiwan — 29.8 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 6.4 km, the bureau's seismological data showed.

The quake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in Yilan County and nearby New Taipei City, where it measured 2 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale.

It was felt at an intensity of 1 in the northern cities of Keelung, Taipei and Taoyuan, as well as in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, the bureau said.

The second 4.1 magnitude happened at 2:39 p.m., with its epicenter near the previous earthquake but at a deeper depth.

The tremor was centered 28.3 kilometers east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 9.6 kilometers.

It was felt at an intensity of 2 in New Taipei and 1 in Yilan, the bureau said.

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