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BREAKING: Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake Strikes Near Taiwan, Triggers Tsunami Alerts

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck Monday morning off the coast of Taiwan and caused tsunami alerts in the region.

The temblor occurred at 9:43 a.m. Taiwan Standard Time Monday (9:43 p.m. EDT Sunday) with an epicenter 71 kilometers southeast of Su'ao, Taiwan. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported the magnitude at 6.8 while the United States Geological Survey recorded it as a magnitude-6.6.

The JMA issued tsunami advisories for the Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas of Japan. A tsunami wave up to 1 meter (3 feet) was forecast to affect those areas.

No tsunami threat was expected for the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the Central News Agency reported.