BY EMMANUEL REUBEN
TAIPEI : A strong earthquake rattled eastern Taiwan early Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region.
Hualien Government reported that, two hikers in the famed Taroko Gorge national park, including one from Malaysia, were injured by falling rocks.
The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien and almost 19 kilometers (12 miles) deep, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said.
Water pipes at the city’s train station burst and rail traffic was briefly suspended. Schools along the east coast were evacuated, with students holding their backpacks over their heads for protection.
In Taipei, about 115 kilometers (71 miles) from the epicenter, people felt buildings shake, and one multi-story building was leaning against its neighbor after its foundation shifted.
The city’s subway system suspended service.