6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, sparking tsunami fears

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has struck southeast Taiwan, and two international weather bureaus have issued a tsunami warning.

Although there were no reports of injuries, the quake was felt in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, more than 300 kilometers away.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake started at 2.44 pm local time (4.44 pm EST) and was recorded at a depth of 10 km.

The tremors prompted the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a tsunami warning, noting that waves could reach one meter from 4.10pm local time (6.10pm AEST). The US Tsunami Warning Center issued a similar warning that said dangerous waves were possible up to 300 km from the coast of the epicenter. As a result, residents were asked to avoid the island’s coast.

In the aftermath of the quake, local media reported that the quakes caused the collapse of a two-story apartment building and a convenience store. The Taiwan Fire Department reported that two people were rescued from the building that contained the collapsed shop, and two more people are still trapped.

Taiwan’s railways administration confirmed that three coaches derailed at Dongli station due to a parachute collapse, and about 20 passengers were evacuated from the train.

It is believed that approximately 68 people are stranded in the Mount Cheek region popular with hikers. However, no injuries were recorded.

This comes in the form of a large 6.4-magnitude earthquake from Saturday, which occurred just after 9:30 p.m. local time.

A major bridge in Hualien City Government was also severely damaged in the quake. according to Street TimesRescue efforts began for three people who had fallen from the structure.

In another video shared on Twitter, Bloomberg journalist Tim Colban shared stunning shots of a couple stranded between two sections of a collapsing highway.

“This couple stuck on a bridge between two collapsed sections of a highway in southeast Taiwan after several earthquakes hit the area, including a 6.8 magnitude earthquake at 14:44,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

On social media, CNN’s chief international correspondent Will Ripley shared a video from Taipei that showed fallen light bulbs and plants shaking during the earthquake.

“Awesome. Another big earthquake in Taiwan. This was 6.8 and the epicenter was in Taitung County,” he wrote.

“Even stronger than 6.4 on Saturday. This video is from Taipei, more than 200 miles (321 km) from Taitung.”

Originally published when a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan, sparking tsunami fears

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