6.1 earthquake jolts Taiwan

Taipei [Taiwan]: A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale struck off the coast of Hualien, Taiwan, on Sunday.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck about 14 km northeast of Hualien city at 9:56 p.m. The quake hit at a depth of around 7.8 km.

Local media reported that people in Taipei felt the tremors in their homes.

However, no casualties or loss of properties has been reported so far.

On February 6, 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck 28 km northeast of Pingtung city in southern Taiwan, killing 117 people and injuring more than 550 people.

The earthquake had struck at a depth of around 23 km. Many buildings were destroyed in the affected city.

Taiwan is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. (ANI)