Train and subway services have been temporarily suspended in some areas of Taiwan after a massive 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked the country on Thursday night.
According to the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA), trains operating in the northern regions of Miaoli and Yilan have ceased operations and will only resume operations after the rail lines have been confirmed undamaged.
Trains from Hualien and Changhua to Chiayi slow down and will only resume normal operation after the rails and cables have been checked, TRA said.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation said that some train services between Nangkang and Taichung have been delayed while inspections are underway.
Taipei Express Corporation said the subway trains slowed down after the quake struck at 9:19 p.m., but normal operation resumed at 9:36 p.m.
Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading contract chip maker, said some workers at factories in northern Taiwan had been evacuated, but operation is still normal.
According to the Hsinchu Science Park Authority, none of the trees inside the park were damaged by the quake.
Operations at factories in the park and Yilan Science Park, which are governed by government, are not affected. It says more inspections will be made to determine if buildings have been damaged by the temblor.
The 6.7 magnitude quake was felt across Taiwan. Its epicenter is at sea, about 27.2 km east of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 76.8 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The earthquake’s highest intensity, measured by its actual impact, was in the cities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Taichung and the districts of Yilan, Hualien, Hsinchu, Nantou, Miaoli, Yunlin, and Chiayi, where it measured four on Taiwan’s seven-order magnitude scale, says CWB.
Temblor measured magnitude 3 in the cities of Keelung, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Tainan as well as in Tainan and Changhua districts, while 2 was recorded in Pingtung and off-Penghu districts, and 1 in the Matsu Islands.
The quake is the strongest this year and the CWB warns there is a possibility of a magnitude 4.0 aftershock in the following days.
There have been no immediate reports of major injuries or damage caused by the quake.
Yilan County reported downed power lines, while authorities said bricks and steel bars fell from an abandoned building in Hsinchu City, damaging 6 cars and a scooter parked near the building. .