6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Taiwan

Cars pile up on top of each other in an automated parking tower after an earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Taipei, Taiwan on April 20.

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  • An 84-year-old man dies in fire suspected of being caused by quake, authorities say

Hong Kong (CNN)A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan early Monday, causing some damage on land.

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake was located some 47 miles (76 kilometers) east-northeast of Hualian, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that the tremors were felt across the island, including in the capital, Taipei.
    An 84-year-old man died in a fire in Taipei's Xinzhuang district that city authorities said they suspected was caused by the quake.
    The electrical transformer blaze also resulted in the hospitalization of a 28-year-old man for smoke inhalation, officials said.
    The earthquake damaged water pipes in Shulin district, flooding some roads and disrupting traffic, according to the Taipei city government.
    The quake had a reported depth of 18 miles (28.9 kilometers). Initially, the USGS had estimated the depth at 0.6 miles (1 kilometer).