Taiwan Earthquake: Hotel Collapses After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

07 February, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Kim Reid
  • CWB map of earthquake

On February 4, a shallow 6.1-magnitude quake had hit off the eastern coast of Taiwan.

Hualien is a popular tourist destination on Taiwan's eastern coast and home to about 100,000 people.

The large building in Hualien leans precariously, seemingly near collapse.

Bridges and some highways were closed pending inspections after buckling due to the force of the quake.

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People have been trapped in a hotel that has partially collapsed, the reports say. One building apparently had collapsed onto what once was the ground floor.

Scenes of widespread structural damage in the streets have been shown on numerous Facebook live videos filmed by locals. Most are minor and cause little or no damage.

There had been at least 15 aftershocks following the quake, Taiwan's weather bureau said.

Emily Clarke and her friends live in Wellington, so have been through a few quakes, but "this one was definitely bigger".

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On Sunday, five shallow tremors struck within two hours of each other in the same area off Taiwan's east coast.

"We felt more of a swaying than a jolt, but it was more sustained and intense than the quake two nights ago".

Other buildings shifted on their foundations and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to get residents to safety.

A series of earthquakes is rocking Taiwan, leaving two dead and more than 100 injured, according to the Associated Press, which cites Taiwan's Premier William Lai.

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A magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people in 1999.

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