6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan

According to witnesses, no casualties have been reported as yet.

Two rescue workers bring down a victim from the collapsed Wei Kuan complex building in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on February 7, 2016, following a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early on February 6. Rescuers raced on February 7 to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 24 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse. Picture: AFP.

TAIWAN - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday and was felt in the capital, Taipei, residents and officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey originally recorded the quake, centred about 110 km northeast of Taipei, with a magnitude of 6.4. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude at 7.2.

Witnesses reported that tremors could be felt in buildings in Taipei, including the national parliament, as well as at the international airport in Taoyuan south of the capital.

The world's largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc., said there was no impact to its operations.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.