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Magnitude 5.6 quake hits just off Taiwan coast

By the CNN Wire
  • Quake hit about 8:30 p.m. local time
  • It was felt across the island
  • There were no immediate reports of injuries

(CNN) -- A 5.6-magnitude quake struck Sunday just off the eastern coast of Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was classified a 6.1 magnitude by the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau.

It struck at 8:31 p.m. local time (7:31 a.m. ET). Its epicenter about 15 kilometers (10 miles) south-southeast of Hualien city and 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Taipei, Taiwan.

The quake's center was 58.1 kilometers (36.1 miles) below the earth's surface. More pronounced shaking is seen in quakes near the surface, along with more potential for damage.

But the quake was felt across the island, according to Taiwan's official Central News Agency.