A major earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, leaving one person dead and 29 others injured.

It is understood the quake, which occurred at 12.26pm Irish time, had a magnitude of 7.1 and occurred at a depth of 10km.

The tremor, the strongest in the region this year, triggered power blackouts and small fires but caused no widespread damage.

The epicentre was off the Hengchun Peninsula on the island's southern tip and 90km south-southeast of Taiwan's second city Kaohsiung.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau on its website confirmed two earthquakes, the first of 6.7 magnitude and a second of 6.4.

The earthquakes set off a tsunami warning in the Pacific, but fears of a destructive wave later subsided. 

Taiwan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The country's worst, a 7.6-magnitude quake, killed some 2,400 people in September 1999.

Tremor hits southern Scotland

And an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale hit Scotland, the largest tremor in Britain this year.

Hundreds of residents in the Dumfries and Galloway area of southern Scotland reported a tremor that shook houses around 10.40am.

But no damage or injuries were reported.