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TAIWAN Magnitude 6.0 quake in northeastern Taiwan

CWB map of Lekima's predicted path

This picture taken on August 3, 2019 shows residential buildings (foreground) overlooking barges and ships at a typhoon shelter in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.

A 5.9-MAGNITUDE natural disaster that rattled Taiwan today killed one woman and caused temporary power outages that affected over 10,000 homes, authorities said.

Typhoon Lekima, which is packing maximum winds of 234kph, is expected to hit the island late today, after gaining in strength to become a super typhoon, weather officials said.

The natural disaster, which struck at 5:15 a.m. Kabul time on Thursday, was centered in the Hindu Kush mountain range, about 236 kilometers northeast of Kabul, or 417 kilometers northwest of Islamabad.

So far, there are no reports of casualties and property damages. o Tsunami warning hasn't been issued, TASS reported.

"We will continue to monitor if there could be a combined impact from the aftershocks of the natural disaster and the approaching typhoon", President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters. Over 1,000 families were left without electricity in the country, which sits along the "Ring of Fire" seismic fault.

Typhoons regularly hit Taiwan, China, the Philippines and Japan in the second half of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea before weakening over land.

Typhoon Morakot devastated the island in 2009, killing almost 700 people, a lot of them in landslides.