Large Earthquake Hits off Taiwan

A large earthquake (search) struck offshore northeast of Taiwan (search) on Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau (search) said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported on the island.

The 7.0-magnitude quake, with an undersea depth of 190 kilometers (118 miles), hit at 11:51 p.m. local time (1551 GMT) in the East China Sea, it said.

It struck about 175 kilometers (110 miles) east of the Taiwanese capital Taipei (search), the bureau said.

Quakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in September 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.