Two strong quakes in Taiwan Wednesday unrelated: CWB

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Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A strong earthquake that hit eastern Taiwan shortly after noon Wednesday was not related to a temblor earlier in the day almost 200 kilometers away, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

In an advisory, the weather bureau said a quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale rattled Gongliao District in New Taipei at 4:19 a.m., while a magnitude 5.2 earthquake occurred at 12:32 p.m. off Hualien County at a depth of 35.7 km.

The second temblor was felt at an intensity 4 in Hualien on Taiwan's 7-tiered scale, and 3 in Taitung, Nantou, Yunlin and Taichung, the CWB said.

It was tectonic in origin not related to the quake in New Taipei earlier in the day, according to Chen Kuo-chang (陳國昌), director of the CWB's Seismology Center.

Hualien is an area of frequent tectonic activity, Chen said, adding that at least 33 quakes of magnitude 5 and over have been recorded there since 2000.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Emerson Lim)

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