Series of earthquakes in eastern Taiwan causes some damage

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In this image taken from a video footage run by Taiwan’s TTV via AP Video, a man checks the roof of a temple where a decorative piece fell and damaged the roof after multiple earthquakes struck the city of Hualien along the eastern coast of Taiwan, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A series of more than 20 earthquakes struck the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, causing some damage. (TTV via AP)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A series of more than 20 earthquakes struck the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, causing some damage.

The Central Weather Bureau reported 22 quakes over two hours starting at 6:52 a.m.

The first was the largest with a magnitude of 5.2 and struck at a relatively shallow depth of 5.9 kilometers (3.7 miles). The others ranged from magnitude 3.0 to 5.0.

A photo posted on the Taiwan Apple Daily news website showed the remains of a second floor wall above a storefront that had fallen to the street and crumbled. The earthquakes were in Hualien County around the midpoint of the island’s east coast.

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