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Shanghai feels shock from quake in Taiwan

A WOMAN was killed and at least 86 other people were injured when an earthquake so powerful it could be felt in Shanghai jolted Taiwan yesterday.

The quake shook the island's Nantou County at 10:03am with an epicenter near central Taiwan at a depth of about 15 kilometers, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

Taiwan's weather bureau put the magnitude at 6.1, saying it was the largest quake this year and was felt across the island. Five aftershocks measuring from 3.7-4.3 in magnitude occurred in the two hours after the main tremor, it said.

Taiwan's fire agency said a 72-year-old woman at a temple in Nantou died instantly when she was struck by a wall that collapsed during the quake.

Eighty-six others were slightly injured, mostly by falling rocks and other objects, during the quake in the same county and the nearby Changhua and Taichung areas, AFP reported.

The quake also triggered two fires in houses in Nantou and Taichung that injured one person but had since been extinguished, fire officials said.

The agency received five reports of people trapped in lifts during the quake but they had all found their way to safety.

Nantou government official Chen Min-hui told the Associated Press that tiles fell from a few school buildings and minor cracks appeared on walls, but all structures remained intact.

Cable news channel SET TV showed footage of one woman in Nantou being carried to an ambulance after she was hit in the head by fragments of a ceiling that came loose in a government building during the earthquake.

"I was scared and nervous as the quake reminded me of the deadly September 21 earthquake in 1999, and luckily this one stopped quickly," Chen Shao-sheng, a hospital worker in Nantou, told AFP.

Nantou County was the epicenter of the 1999 7.6-magnitude quake that killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's recent history.

The rural county is about 250 kilometers south of Taipei, the capital city in the northern tip of the island.

In Shanghai yesterday, tremors were felt in at least seven districts, the city's seismological bureau said.

High-rise buildings shook slightly in Xuhui, Jiading, Jinshan, Songjiang, Minhang, Baoshan and Zhabei districts but no damage were reported, said Wei Xiao, a bureau official.

People living in tall buildings felt faint tremors and some residents evacuated immediately.

"I was on the 13th floor and felt dizzy when the quake happened," a Jiading resident surnamed Li said.

The bureau later issued a statement saying that the quake would cause no damage in Shanghai and urged local residents to stay calm.

"Shanghai could always feel tremors when strong and moderate earthquakes occurred in Taiwan in the past, so local residents can keep calm," it said.

Some 2,000 city tourists are currently in Taiwan but all have been reported safe, the Shanghai Tourism Bureau said.

"The bureau will keep intensely monitoring the earthquake as well as conditions of local tourists," the bureau said.

Many buildings in Taipei swayed while local television footage showed some schoolchildren in Nantou screaming and fleeing their classrooms during the earthquake.

Services on Taiwan's rail networks were temporarily suspended to allow safety checks to be carried out. Inspectors found no damage to railway lines in the quake-affected area, Xinhua news agency said.

Metro trains in Taipei also slowed down after the tremor but services returned to normal some 10 minutes later.


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