Published October 31, 2013
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Taiwan, the same area that rain associated with Typhoon Krosa will soon impact.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports the earthquake occurred at 8:02 p.m. CST Thursday (8:02 a.m. EDT) about 28 miles south-southwest of Hualian, Taiwan. Hualian is home to roughly 350,000 people.
There are no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage, according to the Associated Press.
The weather was dry at the time of the earthquake but will deteriorate through Friday for cleanup and rescue efforts.
Steady rain, associated with Typhoon Krosa, will spread across the epicenter and eastern Taiwan by daybreak Friday (local time) and will continue through Friday. Spottier showers will follow for Friday night and the weekend.
The USGS estimates that the earthquake produced severe shaking at the epicenter, which is home to approximately 30,000 people. Such shaking is capable of causing moderate to heavy damage to structures.
Hualian likely experienced strong shaking, according to the USGS, which could have caused light damage to resistant structures and moderate damage to vulnerable structures.
Moderate shaking, capable of causing very light damage, has been reported near the capital of Taipei. The Associated Press reports that buildings in the capital swayed for more than 10 seconds and residents ducked for cover.
A deadly 6.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in Taiwan as recently as June 2, 2013. The epicenter of this earthquake was near Buli in central Taiwan.
This is a breaking news event, and AccuWeather.com will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.