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Taiwan earthquake kills 1, injures 19 and felt in Shanghai

At least seven districts in Shanghai felt tremors when an earthquake struck Taiwan this morning, the Shanghai Seismological Bureau said.

Taiwanese authority said Wednesday that at least one was killed and 19 people were injured in the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that jolted the island's Nantou County this morning.

The powerful quake was felt in Xuhui, Jiading, Jinshan, Songjiang, Minhang, Baoshan and Zhabei districts. High-rise buildings shook slightly but no damages were reported, the officials said.

People in tall buildings in these districts said they felt faint tremors and some evacuated immediately. A Jiading resident surnamed Li told a reporter of, "I was on the 13th floor and felt dizzy when the quake happened."

Some people said online that they felt the shaking as well. One Netizen said: "People hurried downstairs in an orderly manner."

Shanghai Seismological Bureau said they are still collecting information about damages caused by the Taiwan earthquake.

The quake struck at 10:03am, 48 kilometers east of Nantou in central Taiwan at a depth of 20.7 kilometers.

The quake was felt across the island, according to local authorities.

At least 1 was reported killed and 19 others injured in the earthquake by this afternoon, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The victim was identified as a female, in her 70s, and was killed by collapsed walls of a temple on a town in Nantou County. The county was the epicenter of a 7.6-magnitude quake in September 1999 which killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's recent history.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.


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