Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:33AM
A strong earthquake has hit the Taiwanese capital, Taipei and injured at least 20 people, emergency officials say. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred at 10:03 am (0203 GMT) on Wednesday. The earthquake, which was felt throughout the island, rocked buildings and sparked a fire in the capital. Sections of the high-speed rail in Taipei were suspended from service to be inspected for damage. At least 20 people were slightly wounded in Nantou County, the epicenter of the earthquake, and nearby Changhua and Taichung counties. Quakes frequently shock Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. In 1999, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,300 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings in Taiwan. DB/HMV