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Strong Quakes Rock Eastern Taiwan

July 14, 2000

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Two strong earthquakes shook eastern Taiwan on Friday, seismologists said, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The first quake, which struck at 8:07 a.m., had a magnitude of 5.7 and an epicenter near Hualien, 100 miles southeast of the capital, Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said.

A 5.5-magnitude temblor shook the same area two hours later, the bureau said.

Thousands of aftershocks have rattled this island since a 7.6-magnitude quake devastated parts of central Taiwan in September, killing about 2,400 people and destroying thousands of homes.

A 5-magnitude quake can cause significant damage in a populated area.

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