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Hundreds Die in Taiwan Earthquake

September 21, 1999

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ The strongest quake in Taiwan in decades jolted the island early Tuesday, wrecking a 12-story hotel in Taipei, destroying more than 100 homes islandwide and killing at least 269 people, the government said. About 1,000 people were injured.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and was centered 90 miles south-southwest of Taipei, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center said. It also issued warnings of possible tsunamis, or huge waves that sometimes follow earthquakes.

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