AIPEI – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, killing at least one person, derailing train carriages, causing a convenience store to collapse and trapping people on a mountain.
US Geological Survey measured Sunday’s quake at a magnitude 7.2
The weather bureau said the epicentre was in Taitung county, and followed a 6.4 magnitude temblor on Saturday evening in the same area, which caused no casualties. The US Geological Survey measured Sunday’s quake at a magnitude 7.2 and at a depth of 10km.
Three people whose vehicle fell off a damaged bridge were rescued
A worker at a cement factory in the town of Yuli died after equipment collapsed on him during the earthquake, Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency said. Taiwan’s fire department reported that two people were trapped in a building housing a 7-11 convenience store that collapsed in Yuli,and two people had been rescued, while three people whose vehicle fell off a damaged bridge were rescued and taken to hospital.
Fire department said one person was injured.
Video footage posted by Taiwan’s Central News Agency showed panicked residents running towards the building, which had caved in and sent up a thick cloud of dust. The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said three carriages came off the rails at Dongli station in eastern Taiwan after part of the platform canopy collapsed. fire department reported one person as injured.
weather agency lifted a tsunami warning for part of Okinawa prefecture
Photographs released by Central News Agency showed the train’s six carriages leaning at an angle in the station. the News Agency department added Around 68 people are also trapped on the scenic Chike mountain area by a blocked road, though there are no injuries. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for Taiwan after the tremor but later lifted the alert. Japan’s weather agency lifted a tsunami warning for part of Okinawa prefecture.
home to major semiconductor factories, said there was no impact on operations.
Weather bureau said the earthquake could be felt all across Taiwan . Buildings shook briefly in the capital Taipei and the southwestern city of Kaohsiung. the residents posting videos of chandeliers and paintings swaying on social media. Science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, home to major semiconductor factories, said there was no impact on operations.
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