Earthquake in Taiwan: Strong earthquake strikes southeast of Taiwan, several houses damaged; tsunami warning issued.
Strong earthquake tremors were felt in southeast Taiwan on Sunday. The magnitude of the earthquake was measured at 6.8 on the Richter scale.
Taiwan’s Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake was in Taitung County, where a 6.4-magnitude quake hit Saturday evening.
Several houses were damaged by the earthquake and a tsunami warning has been issued.
Many houses were damaged by the earthquake.
U.S. Geological Survey said that the epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 10 km.
According to local media, several buildings collapsed due to the earthquake, under which many people are buried and efforts are being made to rescue them.
Taiwan Railways said three trains derailed after a portion of the platform collapsed at Dongli Station in eastern Taiwan. However, about 20 passengers aboard were evacuated.
The Meteorological Bureau said the tremors could be felt across Taiwan. He said the quake shook buildings in the capital Taipei but did not have much effect. However, a warning has been issued.
A tsunami warning was issued.
The US Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning in Taiwan after the earthquake. He said a tsunami could occur within 300 km of the quake’s epicenter along the Taiwan coast.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a 1-meter tsunami warning for part of Okinawa Prefecture after the quake.
Earthquake risk in Taiwan.
Let us tell you that there is always a risk of earthquakes in Taiwan. The 2016 earthquake in Taiwan killed more than 100 people. Whereas in 1999 a 7.3-magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,000 people.
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