Strong Taiwan quake topples buildings

07 February, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Strong Taiwan quake topples buildings

The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island's east coast.

A powerful 6.4 magnitude quake has toppled buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say.

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning natural disaster in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Feb. 7 2018. At least three people remain trapped.

The natural disaster followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed "Pacific Rim of Fire" known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia. Tremors were also felt in far-off cities, local media reported. People were requested to move on to the safer place.

Photos on Apple Daily showed a man calling for help from the window of an apartment block and a ceiling collapse at a local hospital.


One Facebook user in Hualien told of damage around him.

The quake struck about 22 kilometres north-east of Hualien - which is home to about 100,000 people - shortly before midnight, and the epicentre was very shallow at just 1 kilometre, the USGS said.

Several road were extensively damaged.

It follows nearly 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days.

A shallow, 6.4-magnitude quake hit Taiwan on Tuesday, Feb. 6, -just two days after several earthquakes hit. However, a magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

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