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Minor Quake Shakes Central Taiwan

October 20, 1999

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ A small earthquake today shook central Taiwan, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The 4.4-magnitude quake’s epicenter was near Alishan, a mountainous area 180 miles south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The tremor came a month after a 7.6-magnitude quake jolted central Taiwan, killing 2,300 people. Since the devastating Sept. 21 temblor, there have been more than 12,000 aftershocks.

Located along the earthquake-prone Pacific Rim and crisscrossed by 51 fault lines, Taiwan is rattled by scores of earthquakes each year, most harmless.

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