An earthquake of 6.7 M at a depth of 24 km occurred off the central-eastern coast of Taiwan (southeastern China) on 22 March at 17.41 UTC (1.41 local time). The epicentre was offshore approximately 13 km south-west of Changbin Town (Taitung County, eastern Taiwan).
USGS PAGER estimates that up to 58,000 people were exposed to very strong and 68,000 to strong shaking.
At least ten aftershocks with magnitude up to 5.8 M have been recorded in the area. A 5.8 M aftershock at a depth of 10 km has been recorded inland, 9 km south-east of Ruisui Town (Hualien County, eastern Taiwan) and 14 km north of Changbin Town (Taitung County, eastern Taiwan).
According to media reports, one person has been slightly injured and a bridge collapsed in Taitung County while power outages were recorded in several areas affected by the seismic events.