4 hurt in Taiwan earthquake

An earthquake struck Taiwan on Saturday, rattling buildings in the capital of Taipei.

A strong earthquake struck Taiwan on Saturday, causing some injuries and damage to buildings.

The 6.4-magnitude quake was centred off the eastern coast of Taiwan, about 25 kilometres from Hualien, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The tremor struck at a depth of 45 kilometres.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue any warning.

Falling debris is blamed for most of the minor injuries, affecting at least four people in the capital, according to local media reports. Taipei's subways and the island's high-speed railway were suspended, officials said.

Buildings shook in the capital for several seconds when the quake struck, and glass shattered at a hotel in Hualien.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

With files from The Associated Press