More aftershocks expected,
Central Weather Bureau says
(June 11, 2000)

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Taipei, June. 11, 2000 - More aftershocks with magnitude of up to five on the open-ended Richter scale are likely to jolt Taiwan in the next two weeks, a seismologist warned on Sunday June 11, 2000.

 Hsin Tsai-Chin, deputy director of the Central Weather Bureau, made the remarks while briefing Vice Premier Yu Shyi-Kun on the latest earthquake which hit Taiwan early Sunday morning June 11, 2000.

 The quake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, jolted the mountainous Nantou county in central Taiwan at 2:37 a.m., leaving two dead and 36 injured.

 Hsin said that more than 100 aftershocks, eight of them with magnitude of four, had been recorded by 10:00 a.m.

 He said that most of the quakes repeatedly jolted the mountainous areas stricken by the 7.3 scale Chichi quake, which left over 2,400 people dead, 11,000 injured and 100,000 homeless, on Sept. 21, 2000 last year.

 The latest tremors had only limited impact on the densely populated city areas, but they may add to the fragility of the earth surface in stricken areas causing frequent landslides.

 Saying that more aftershocks will come in next one to two weeks, Hsin however ruled out the possibility of new quakes that will be stronger than the Chichi quake (Sept. 21, 1999).

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