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Earthquake strikes southern Taiwan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has hit southern Taiwan.

There are no immediate reports of injuries. No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The quake was centered in Kaohsiung county at a depth of 3.1 miles.

The quake struck at around 8:18 am (00:18 GMT) and was reportedly felt in the capital Taipei in the north where it has caused power outages.

Taiwan's cable news station TVBS reports the island's high-speed rail service has been suspended.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

However, a 7.6-magnitude temblor in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

In 2006 a 6.7-magnitude quake south of Kaohsiung severed undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet service to millions throughout Asia.

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