Asia Pacific

6.3-magnitude quake could devastate Taipei and bring down 4,000 buildings

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Taipei would be devastated if a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck central Taiwan's Nantou in June, hit the capital, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan said Monday.

The quake could bring down 4,000 buildings in Taipei, Lee said during a speech — on coping with and adjusting to climate change — at the Taichung City Hall.

On June 2, an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck Nantou's Jhushan Township, causing the death of four people.

In his speech, the minister also cautioned the public to be prepared to deal with the effects of climate change. Lee, a former civil engineering professor, said Taiwan's average temperature increases by around 1.5% a year, which is double the annual global rate.

(By Chen Shu-fen and Christie Chen)

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