TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – A strong earthquake rocked Taiwan’s capital during the lunch rush today, shaking tall buildings for about a minute.

The magnitude-7.0 quake’s epicenter was under the ocean about 70 miles east of Taiwan’s east coast harbor town of Su’ao, the Central Weather Bureau said. No immediate information about damage or casualties was available.

On the city’s streets, the tremor caused sidewalks to go up and down slightly.

Earthquakes frequently hit Taiwan but usually cause little or no damage. However, in September 1999, an earthquake in central Taiwan caused more than 2,300 deaths.

Su’ao is 90 miles southeast of Taipei.


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