Earthquake Shakes Taiwan, Kills One


TAIPEI: An earthquake killed at least one person and disrupted operations at some electronic factories in central Taiwan on Wednesday morning, but the rest of the island was largely unscathed.

The Central Weather Bureau said the 6.1-magnitude quake struck at 10:03 a.m. local time and was centered in Nantou County, at a depth of 15.4 kilometers. Aftershocks as strong as 4.3 in magnitude rattled the area for the next 2½ hours. The initial temblor shook buildings in the capital, Taipei, 120 kilometers to the north.

A wall that collapsed killed a 72-year-old woman at a temple in Nantou County, the National Fire Agency said, adding that 19 other people across central Taiwan were injured, mostly by falling objects. Among the injured was a person struck by a section of ceiling at a government office in Nantou County, the fire agency said.