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A powerful earthquake has struck the South East Asian island of Taiwan near Hualian (USGS)

A powerful earthquake has struck the southeast Asian island of Taiwan.

The magnitude 6.6 quake was centred in a remote mountainous area 45km southwest of the city of Hualian on Taiwan's east coast at a depth of 9.3km (6 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The tremor was reportedly felt in the capital Taipei 170km away and caused high-rise buildings to sway.

There are no immediate reports of damages or casualties.