A magnitude 6.1 quake rocked the coastal city of Hualian in eastern Taiwan on Thursday. Buildings were abandoned, and subway services temporarily suspended in the capital Taipei.
Television footage showed the evacuation of schoolchildren, and an official at the Seismological Bureau said it was the worst earthquake the island has seen so far this year.
The Central News Agency reported a small-scale power outage in some areas of Taipei, but refineries and oil services are operating as usual as the government announced.
The government set up a disaster management center after the quake, which was 18 kilometers deep, according to the Seismological Bureau.
The high-speed rail services in northern Taiwan between Taipei and the neighboring city of Taoyuan have been temporarily suspended, President Tsai Ing-wen said.
She added on her official Facebook page that she had asked officials to “collect information from everywhere to limit damage and deal with it as soon as possible.”
The US Geological Survey estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.4 degrees.
More than 100 people were killed in an earthquake that rocked southern Taiwan in 2016. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake also killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.