Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts eastern Taiwan

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck eastern Taiwan at 3:39 p.m. Sunday, with Hualien County's Yanliao registering a 5 on Taiwan's seven-tier intensity scale, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the quake was located eight kilometers south southwest of Hualien County hall, at a depth of 15.4 km, said the CWB.

Five on the intensity scale was also reported in Hualien County's Yanliao, while the township of Ji-an and Xilin experienced an intensity level of 4, according to the weather bureau, adding that an intensity of 3 was felt in Hualien City, Tongmen, Shoufeng and Tailuge in the county.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

According to the bureau, the temblor was one of more than 300 aftershocks since the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Hualien on Feb. 6, leaving 16 dead, 285 injured and one unaccounted for.

Based on the frequency of aftershocks they seem to be gradually easing, officials of CWB's seismological center said. They warned however that in the coming two weeks there will still be occasional large quakes.

Source: Focus Taiwan