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Taiwan hit by more than 80 earthquakes in less than 24 hours, several buildings damaged 

More than 80 earthquakes, the strongest of 6.3 magnitude, struck Taiwan’s east coast starting Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday and some caused shaking of buildings in the capital Taipei, the island’s weather administration said. Largely rural and sparsely populated Hualien was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on April 3 that killed at least 14 people, and there have been more than 1,000 aftershocks since.

Buildings across large parts of northern, eastern and western Taiwan, including in the capital, Taipei, swayed throughout the night, with the largest quake measuring a 6.3 magnitude. All were very shallow. Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration said the spate of earthquakes starting Monday afternoon – which it put at about 180 – were aftershocks from the large April 3 quake.

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