Strong earthquake rocks Taiwan


A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan on Sunday damaged areas hundreds of miles away and led a tsunami warning to be issued in southern Japan.

According to NBC News, the U.S. Geological Survey first estimated the earthquake’s magnitude to be larger, but it was later lowered and the threat of a tsunami had passed. A similar warning was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency for a number of Japanese islands close to Taiwan, but it was eventually withdrawn.
The village of Chishang in Hualien County served as the epicenter of the earthquake, which triggered a series of tremors that were felt for more than 200 miles.
Four people were trapped inside an apartment building that was destroyed by the earthquake, but they were finally freed. A passenger train was also thrown off its tracks, and nearly 400 visitors were left stranded on a mountainside.
According to CNN, Taiwan’s Emergency Operations Center has so far reported one fatality and nine injuries.
In addition, CNN tweeted that there had been numerous earthquakes and aftershocks in the past 24 hours.
Since a 6.4 quake struck Hualien County on Saturday and a bigger 6.9 quake on Sunday, Taiwan has experienced more than 50 earthquakes in the previous 24 hours, according to a tweet from reporter Will Ripley.

 

His post added, “Two of those tiny quakes hit during my live coverage from Taipei just now… and three more after then.”
According to the Associated Press, the town of Yuli, which is located just north of the epicenter, sustained the majority of the damage.
According to reports, over 7,000 homes in Yuli are currently without power, and the earthquake also damaged water pipes. According to the AP, a bridge over a two-lane road collapsed, and local media reported that three persons and one vehicle may have plunged down.

Debris struck a railway and derailed six carriages between Yuli and the epicenter at Chishang, but no one was hurt.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan established the Central Emergency Operation Center and sent 110 soldiers to help with relief efforts following the earthquake. A representative of the local government broke the news.
According to CNN, locals have been urged to be on the lookout for any potential aftershocks.

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