A strong 6.1 magnitude quake struck Taiwan's east coast Thursday afternoon, the island's Central Weather Bureau said.
The quake shook structures in the capital, Taipei, which is about 115 kilometers (71 miles) away, with one multi-story building leaning against its neighbor after its foundation shifted.
A magnitude 6.1 quake struck at 1:01 p.m.in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, where an intensity level of 7 was felt, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
However, oil refinery plants and services continued to operate as normal, according to the Government.
And President Tsai Ing-wen announced she asked officials "to gather information from everywhere to check whether there's any damage, and if so, to react as soon as possible".
People in Chinese cities close to the Taiwan Strait dividing the island from mainland China reported on social media that they felt the quake. Two tourists were injured when they were hit by falling rocks at Taroko Gorge. "It could be felt all over Taiwan and it's the first quake above 6.0 magnitude this year", said Chen Kuo-chang, director of the bureau's seismological centre.
The Central Weather Bureau and the U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 6.1.
One person said on social media: "The natural disaster felt so huge that when I was exercising in the park I nearly fell over on the sidewalk".
Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes as it sits on the notorious Ring of Fire, a large 24,854.8 miles (40,000km) horseshoe shape where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place.
The island´s worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6 magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned people living near the coast could notice some effects on sea levels, but said there would be no tsunami.