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Taiwan manufacturers rattled by quakes

No injuries or blackouts reported from new quake aftershocks

Taiwan's electronics industry has been rattled by a major earthquake and several moderate aftershocks, but has escaped damage. No injuries have been reported.

The first quake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, hit Sunday afternoon near the eastern city of Hualien, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Hualien is several hundred miles from Hsinchu, the country's major microchip production centre.

This was followed by a 4.4-magnitude quake near Hsilin late Sunday and a 4.9 quake later in the day.

The shocks caused power outages and landslides, and chip companies said their facilities were shaken, according to reports. However, there were no blackouts and production was not affected.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake last September killed about 2,400 people, destroyed thousands of homes and brought the country's electronics industry to a standstill for several weeks.

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