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6.2-magnitude quake jars Taiwan, kills 2

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A powerful earthquake jarred Taiwan Friday, collapsing bridges and triggering rockslides on a southern mountain that killed two people and injured at least 10 others.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, was centered about 8 miles west of Alishan, also known as Mount Ali, but set off tremors throughout the island.Four employees at a hotel in the town of Rweili, situated on the scenic mountain, were injured and the building itself suffered serious cracks, said Mo Hwei-tsu, head of the Taiwan Rescue Center.

A driver was killed when a rockslide came barreling down atop a mountain road; a second person also was killed by falling rocks, Mo said.