Taiwan rattled by earthquake in eastern county

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A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s eastern county of Hualien today, the island’s weather administration said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The quake shook buildings in the capital, Taipei.

The quake had a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the weather administration said.

Earlier this month, at least 14 people died after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Hualien and Taiwan has been jolted by hundreds of aftershocks since.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7.3 magnitude quake killed more than 2 000 people in 1999.

The video below reports more on the earthquake that struck earlier this month: