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Major earthquake hits Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP)-- A powerful earthquake has hit southern Taiwan, terrifying residents, disrupting communications and triggering at least one large fire. Local news reports say several people were injured.

No tsunami alert was issued. The quake was centered in the same mountainous region that endured the brunt of the damage from a devastating typhoon that killed about 700 people last August.

Buildings swayed as far north as the capital Taipei where the temblor has caused power outages. Taiwan's cable news station TVBS reports the island's high-speed rail service has been suspended.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

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

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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