Powerful Earthquake Rocks Taiwan

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Southern Taiwan has been rocked by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake Thursday.

The temblor disrupted power and communications and started a large fire. A tsunami warning was not issued.

Kuo Kai-wen, director of the Central Weather Bureau's Seismology Center, said Thursday's quake and the quake that rocked Chile over the weekend are not geologically related.

Several people were injured, but there were no reported fatalities or major damage.

A spokesman for Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said authorities had been instructed to follow the quake situation closely and take steps to mitigate damage and dislocation.

The island nation is no stranger to earthquakes as it frequently suffers minor tremors which cause little or no damage.

However, in 1999 a 7.6-magnitude temblor killed more than 2,300 people in central Taiwan. And in 2006, A 6.7 magnitude quake located quake south of Kaohsiung cut undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet service to millions across Asia.

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