A tragic earthquake has hit hard off the coast of Taiwan.
Nearly 150 people were hurt and two people have been found dead after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck this Tuesday. Reported by local reports on social media, several individuals have been trapped under the rubble of the toppled destroyed buildings.
After the earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, Taiwan’s premier said at least 144 people were injured, almost 14 miles east-northeast of Hualian. The earthquake was seen around 11:50 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and preliminary info. reported the earthquake to be about six miles deep.
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Another 5.1 magnitude tremor was felt shortly after.
Dramatic photos of damage after the quake showed Marshal Hotel in Hualien partially collapsed, according to the Taiwan Observer. Rescue teams were responding to the area and people were believed to be trapped in the hotel.
Another building called the Beautiful Life Hotel was also tilting. Several roads were extensively damaged.
It’s unclear if anyone was injured.
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted Tuesday: “Major 6.4 earthquake in #Hualien. Armed forces & government agencies are responding. Relief measures are underway. Stay safe”
Major 6.4 earthquake in #Hualien. Armed forces & government agencies are responding. Relief measures are underway. Stay safe
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) February 6, 2018
A series of earthquakes have struck off the coast of Taiwan in recent days. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck in the area two days ago and another quake, measuring 5.3, hit the same area later that day, Reuters reported.
Tuesday’s earthquake also comes two years after another 6.4 magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan, killing 116 people.
Taiwan is located along the famed Pacific “Ring of Fire,” known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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