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Strong Quake Sways Buildings in Taiwan, Injures 20

27 March 2013

A strong earthquake struck rural central Taiwan on Wednesday, swaying buildings, sending school children to seek cover and injuring at least 20 people. The Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake was felt throughout the island. Buildings swayed in the capital Taipei, and sections of the high-speed rail were suspended from service to be inspected for damage. The US Geological Survey placed the magnitude at 6. The quake’s depth was a relatively shallow 15 km. Altogether, at least 20 people were injured, mostly by fallen objects, the Fire Department said.—AP