Taiwan rocked by strong earthquake

A strong earthquake has struck parts of Taiwan, rattling buildings in the capital, Taipei, although there are no initial reports of serious casualties.

The earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 6.4 by the US Geological Survey.

It was centered off the east coast of Taiwan, about 25km (12 miles) south-east of Hualien, at a depth of 45km.

Taiwan is regularly hit by minor tremors although an earthquake in 1999 killed almost 2,500 people. BBC