Powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, shaking buildings in the capital 

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck Taiwan’s east coast, according to the island’s Central Weather Bureau.

TV footage showed at least one landslide but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

A large crack could also be seen in the centre of a road in Taipei’s eastern district of Xinyi, the city’s financial hub.

An earthquake hit Taiwan on Thursday morning, leaving a large crack down the middle of a road running through the financial district of the capital Taipei

An earthquake hit Taiwan on Thursday morning, leaving a large crack down the middle of a road running through the financial district of the capital Taipei

An earthquake hit Taiwan on Thursday morning, leaving a large crack down the middle of a road running through the financial district of the capital Taipei

The quake hit around 1pm local time (5am GMT) near the coastal town of Hualien. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries

The quake hit around 1pm local time (5am GMT) near the coastal town of Hualien. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries

The quake hit around 1pm local time (5am GMT) near the coastal town of Hualien. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries

The bureau said the quake happened at 1.01pm local time, with its epicentre about six miles north west of the eastern coastal city of Hualien.

The depth was around six miles, according to the United States Geological Survey, while Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau put it at almost 12 miles, a distance that would lessen the likelihood of damage.

The quake shook buildings in the capital Taipei, which is about 70 miles away.

One multi-storey building was reported to be leaning against its neighbour, the city’s subway system suspended service, and schools along the east coast were evacuated.

People in Chinese cities close to the Taiwan Strait dividing the island from mainland China also reported feeling the quake. 

Taipei's subway system was forced to close as a precautionary measure during the quake, while some schools were also evacuated

Taipei's subway system was forced to close as a precautionary measure during the quake, while some schools were also evacuated

Taipei’s subway system was forced to close as a precautionary measure during the quake, while some schools were also evacuated

Roof tiles were also shaken down at the control centre of Taipei's subway system (pictured)

Roof tiles were also shaken down at the control centre of Taipei's subway system (pictured)

Roof tiles were also shaken down at the control centre of Taipei’s subway system (pictured)

Footage shown by Taiwanese television stations showed overturned furniture in homes and offices and at least one landslide along the mountainous and lightly populated east coast.

Taiwan is on the string of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean known as the Ring of Fire and is frequently rocked by tremors, including a 1999 quake that killed more than 2,300 people.

An earthquake in February 2018 in Hualien killed 17 people when four buildings partially collapsed.

That quake hit two years to the day after an apartment building in the south-western city of Tainan collapsed in an earthquake, killing 115 people.

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