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27 Dec 2006 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec 27, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Further earthquakes are likely to jolt southern Taiwan this week, following on from the two quakes that hit the island on Tuesday night, experts forecast.

Earthquakes measuring over 5 on the Richter scale will probably hit southern Taiwan, said experts of the Taiwan meteorological department, according to Taiwan media reports.

Eight earthquakes have occurred consecutively from late Tuesday to early Wednesday in the sea area near Taiwan, with the strongest one measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale.

27 Dec 2006 description
report Xinhua

MANILA, Dec 27, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Philippines said on Wednesday there is no tsunami heading towards it after a strong earthquake hit China's Taiwan Tuesday night.

Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), denied some reports that a one-meter high tsunami is on its way to Basco, Batanes in the northernmost part of the Philippine islands, adding the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii did not release a tsunami warning.

Meanwhile, Solidum advised people living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground as a …

27 Dec 2006 description
report Voice of America

By Heda Bayron

Hong Kong 27 December 2006: Much of Asia faces days of slow Internet connections and cut phone lines after a powerful earthquake in Taiwan disrupted telecommunications around the region. As VOA's Heda Bayron reports from Hong Kong, experts say it could take days before connections are fully restored.

Chunghwa Telecom said an undersea cable damaged, interrupting communications with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, 27 Dec 2006

27 Dec 2006 description

TAIPEI, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 42 injured when three buildings collapsed in earthquakes that shook southern Taiwan, authorities said on Wednesday.

The two dead were caught in the collapse of a furniture factory in the southern city of Hengchun, where eight people, including four children, were trapped for a time, the National Fire Agency said in a statement.

While a tsunami warning came to nothing, the quake damaged at least six undersea telecommunication cables, affecting users in Taiwan and South Korea, and was felt in China and Hong Kong.

The biggest …

26 Dec 2006 description

Magnitude 7.1 (Major)


Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 12:26:21 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 8:26:21 PM = local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 21.825ーN, 120.538ーE

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program



90 km (55 miles) SSE of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
120 km (75 miles) SSW of T'ai-tung, Taiwan
375 km (235 miles) SSW of T'AI-PEI, Taiwan
800 km (495 miles) N of MANILA, Philippines