Taiwan jolted by quake
A STRONG earthquake shook Taiwan yesterday, causing mudslides and other accidents that killed two and injured at least three others.
Huang Li-yen died in hospital after falling rocks hit her car near Junghua Dam in the northern county of Taoyuan, police said.
Three relatives and friends who were with her were listed as in a stable condition, they added.
An unidentified man was found drowned in a river in central Taiwan. Initial investigation showed he apparently panicked during the tremor while swimming.
Police said five houses in Sanhsia, suburban Taipei, tilted about 15 degrees in the quake, but no one there was injured.
The Central Weather Bureau said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, the strongest to hit the island this year.
The tremor was centred on a mountainous area, 21 kilometres south of Ilan in eastern Taiwan.