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Moderate earthquake shakes Taiwan

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Taipei (dpa) - An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale -an aftershock of Sunday's strong quake - shook Taiwan Thursday.

The quake occurred at 2:06 a.m. with its epicentre 15.3 kilometres off Hualien on the east coast, 10.3 kilometres under the sea. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties.

This is the strongest aftershock since Sunday when a quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred off Taiwan's east coast.

Sunday's quake killed five people in Taipei and injured more than hundreds others. A four-storey apartment building in Taipei crumbled after its first floor collapsed.

Since Sunday, Taiwan's Seismological Observation Centre has registered nearly 700 aftershocks, with nine of them measuring four or above four on the Richter scale.

Taiwan sits on the circum-Pacific seismic belt. About 68 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur along this belt.

dpa dc pr AP-NY-04-03-02 1418EST

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