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Moderate Quake Rattles Taiwan

June 14, 2000

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ A moderate earthquake shook central Taiwan on Wednesday, less than a week after a stronger one hit the same area. No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7, struck an area about 30 miles north of Mount Yu, the Central Weather Bureau said. Mount Yu, the highest mountain in Taiwan, is about 180 miles south of Taipei. The quake hit at 9:49 a.m.

On Sunday, a 6.7-magnitude quake set off rock slides in the same area, with huge boulders blocking traffic on several highways. That temblor injured 36 people and caused two to die of heart attacks.

A 7.6-magnitude quake devastated central Taiwan in September, killing about 2,400 people and destroying thousands of homes. Since that earthquake, more than 12,000 aftershocks and minor tremors have rattled the island. Most have been harmless.

Located along the earthquake-prone Pacific Rim and crisscrossed by 51 fault lines, Taiwan is hit by scores of earthquakes each year, but few cause serious damage.

Five minutes before the quake in Taiwan on Wednesday, a temblor with a magnitude of 5.3 struck the northern Philippines. No damages or injuries were reported.

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