Hualien reports severe building damage after magnitude 6.0 quake

Taiwan earthquake The effects of the earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude were felt in as far as the country’s capital Taipei

Taiwan earthquake The effects of the earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude were felt in as far as the country’s capital Taipei

Efforts to rescue people trapped inside is underway.

Meanwhile, the concerned authorities in Taiwan have begun the search operation to monitor if there are other damages occurred in the quake hit region.

Taiwan's premier says 2 killed, 188 injured in a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster striking east coast city of Hualien, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong quake struck the island.

The quake was centered in the East China Sea about 21 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien City.

Other buildings were shifted on foundations and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to get residents to safety. It remains unclear if there are people trapped in the buildings. No one was killed in those quakes.

Being close to the beach they were anxious about a tsunami, but they did not hear any siren.

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"We didn't really know what to do", Ms Clarke told TVNZ 1's Breakfast. Most are minor and cause little or no damage.

"We live in Wellington and we have experience a few but this is definitely so much bigger", she said. "I wouldn't be surprised for there to be a number of aftershocks in the next couple of days".

"Everyone jumps at every jolt. No injuries were reported at the time of publication", the Taiwan News reported.

Several buildings in Hualien were tilting or caved in, according to the Central News Agency.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had received no requests for consular assistance following the quake. "The pattern continued with ten more earthquakes on Monday, the largest of which being a magnitude 5.0 quake".

The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island's east coast.

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