The epicentre, with a depth of eight kilometres, was monitored at about 24.0 degrees north latitude and 121.0 degrees east longitude, Xinhua said.
Local authority in Taiwan put the quake at 6.1 magnitude.
Residents in Taipei felt a strong tremor.
According to TV reports, many people were injured in Nantou by falling ceilings. Taiwan's railway and metro networks were temporarily suspended after the quake for safety checks.
--IANS (Posted on 27-03-2013)