A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the sparsely populated southeastern part Taiwan On Sunday (18), the island’s meteorological agency reported, causing damage, including derailed train cars and Tsunami alerts.
The meteorological agency said that the epicenter of the quake was in Taitung County, and it came after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Saturday evening (17) in the same area, and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters in a collapsed building after an earthquake hit the town of Yuli in eastern Taiwan – Photo: Hualien City via The Associated Press
a The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the earthquake as 7.2 And at a depth of 10 km.
According to Taiwan media, a low-level building housing a convenience store collapsed, and rescue work began to free those inside.
The Taiwan Railways Administration said three railway cars derailed at Dongli Station in eastern Taiwan after part of the platform’s canopy collapsed, and nearly 20 passengers on board were evacuated.
The US Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning in Taiwan after the earthquake. Dangerous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometers of the epicenter along the coast of Taiwan, the statement said.
A strong earthquake rocked most of Taiwan on Sunday, bringing down at least one building – Photo: Hualien City via Associated Press
The The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a one-meter tsunami warning To part of Okinawa Prefecture after the earthquake.
The meteorological agency said the quake was felt in Taiwan. Buildings shook briefly in the capital, Taipei.
Science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, which house large semiconductor factories, said there was no impact on operations.
Taiwan is near the intersection of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people were killed in the 2016 southern Taiwan earthquake, while a 7.3-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.
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