A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s southeastern coast on Sunday with at the least one constructing collapse and practice automobiles derailed.
As per media stories, the quake hit at 2:44pm (06:44 GMT) about 50km (30 miles) north of town of Taitung at a depth of 10km (4 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) mentioned.
A two-story residential constructing collapsed close to the epicentre and work was beneath approach to rescue two trapped individuals.
Video posted by Taiwan’s semi-official Central Information Company confirmed panicked residents working in direction of the constructing, which caved in on itself and despatched up a thick cloud of mud.
The Taiwan Railways Administration mentioned three carriages got here off the rails at Dongli station in japanese Taiwan after a part of the platform cover collapsed, and the roughly 20 passengers aboard had been evacuated.
The shaking was felt on the north finish of the island within the capital, Taipei. The temblor’s preliminary power was given as 7.2-magnitude, however USGS later downgraded it to six.9.
A 6.6 magnitude quake hit the identical area on Saturday and there have been a number of tremors since with Sunday’s the strongest by far.
Japan’s Meteorological Company issued a tsunami advisory to distant islands close to Taiwan however it was later cancelled. The islands are about 2,000km (1,200 miles) southwest of Tokyo.
Taiwan is commonly hit by earthquakes because the island lies close to the junction of two tectonic plates.
Greater than 100 individuals had been killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, whereas a 7.3-magnitude temblor killed greater than 2,000 individuals in 1999.